I suspect that the following critique of smart board use in education applies to how society in general responds to technological innovation. It would not be shocking because the seeds of all that is desirable or reprehensible in our culture are found in schools.
My mother-in-law recommended a certain pediatrician when we moved back to Canada from the U.S. Things seemed to go smoothly with our healthy daughter, but I grew suspicious of his abilities when a discussion exposed his poor understanding of the genetics of blood types. A couple of years later, when we told him that we suspected our two year old son was autistic, he brushed it off claiming, “Yeah, sure. Everybody’s autistic nowadays.” When we insisted on a referral, he recommended a psychiatrist whose specialty was dealing with eating disorders.
One of the first things I noticed when I bought a pool is that pool chemistry-terms are confusing to both lay people and specialists alike. A pool manual’s usage of terms such as “alkalinity” and “free chlorine” are not textbook definitions. But once I sorted through the initial confusion, it gave me one more excuse to do some simple experiments in my backyard.
Imagine a network of neurons that correspond to a personality trait. As a person matures he acquires more traits from experiences and especially when he spends time with people. Some of the traits are entirely mimicked from these friends and acquaintances. Other networks grow more intricate as we recognize the attribute in others.
Some of these traits cannot interconnect in the brain. Weaker ones become isolated and eventually weeded out.
Another bold prediction for the future: when enough toddlers and children will grow out of Piaget's preoperational and concrete stages, chemistry will be featured on Advanced Sesame Street.
Here's a video I made some time ago to give us a glimpse of that brave new world.