Asked by: Richard Fennell, Bristol

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Individually it has made us more knowledgeable because we can so easily find the information we need, though we may now be less smart if the internet is taken away.

As a species we are certainly smarter because more interconnections mean more abilities, and the internet has wired us all together into what some might call a super-brain or planetary intelligence. That is smarter than any individual alone.


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