Mr. Perez is just the latest in a long line of alarmists warning of the dangers of information overload. For example, Swiss scientist Conrad Gessner described how the modern world overwhelmed people with data, warning that this overabundance was “confusing and harmful” to the mind. Of course, his fear was spurred by the invention of the PRINTING PRESS, in the 16th century! Even further back, Socrates warned of children’s overuse of the technology of WRITING, which he worried would “create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls because they will not use their memories!”
Calm down, Carlos. Western civilization wasn’t destroyed by the advent of the book, the newspaper, education, the telegraph or telephone, the internet, email, or even the atom bomb. We will survive smart phones and AI, as well.
Now global climate change…that just might kill us!