How The Human Brain Uses Physical Things As Extended Storage Devices
Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, shares his views on how objects in the world embody and impart information.
Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, shares his views on how our brains can’t hold all the information it encounters, and looks for ways to offload to everything we have built such as books, architecture and music– using them as storage devices. In effect, we humans are turning the entire planet into an ‘exobrain’ and manipulating the environment to reprogram our brains as needed.
Everything we create becomes a de facto data storage device and brain accessory. A wall can be a physical storage device for land survey data, it can be a reminder of history, and it can be a trigger of personal memories.