An Easy Life, A Clumsy Brain
Widely-applied artificial intelligence—which not only substitutes some human labor force but also provides us greater convenience in our lives—may lead to a regression of human brains.
In my opinion, that concern over an increasing tension between machines and humans, indeed, makes sense. Since the Industrial Revolution in the 1860s, smart machines have been sprouting up, which is generally seen as a blessing. But new studies point the other way: excessive dependence on technologies will have an effect on our cerebral function from, say, physiological structure and language zone.
One study suggested that overreliance on AI will affect our memory, one of the most-investigated functions of our brain. Neurological researcher Veronique Bohbot and her colleagues found that people who overly rely on GPS would have a feeble hippocampus function—a must for memory and navigation—as they age, compared with those recognize the ways in virtue of their own memories.
In addition to GPS, yet, technologies continue to influence other parts of our lives. Typing, a highly efficient way to output languages, has already become the norm worldwide, with simultaneous degeneration of handwriting, especially for Chinese and Japanese. From 41.5% in 2002, the proportion of Japanese met with writing regression soared to a staggering 66.5% in 2012, reported by the Japan Department of Culture.
In conclusion, gone are the days of onerous tasks, while cautions must be mentioned that human needs to be careful not to be surpassed by machines in this techno-laden world.