The age of Aquarius has been sung about for many years now, but that really starts in the year 2470. It is still the age of Pisces, which has been around since Jesus' birth, as each age has a messiah to ring it in, just like Aquarius is expected to have a new messiah. Aquarius is the age of group activity, whereas we live in Pisces which is the age of individual activity. The confusion of the age of Aquarius was that the hippies in the 60's used to live on communes, almost in clans, with gardens & cafeterias. So that group activity confused the age of individual activity. Now the Hippies are done & that brief instant of group collaboration is gone forever, we all sit in cubicles staring into computer screens, & the famous at the top are seeking isolation, punching paparazzi, when in the past leaders would be amongst their peoples.
I wonder if I am getting smarter because I am going insane, (because the criminally insane are smart enough to outwit the Law), or I am getting that smart because it is the age of information that makes learning more meaningful, and separate facts start to intertwine & make the lore of the past more solid in our minds?
The problem is although we have these devices to ascertain exactly what the facts are by doing web searches, we no longer commit anything to memory since it lives in cyberspace, & our ability to recall or get things off the tip of our tongue weakens, reliant on gadgets to compile data.
I think these smart devices are dumbing us down, we need GPS to get to where we want to go, wherein the past I used to have a road map of all of NYC in my head. I don't google stuff to know stuff, I work on getting things off the tip of my tongue, & since the brain is a muscle, my tongue without hesitation never lets me down. I am concerned about the new generation arising & being dependent on machines to do work our minds used to do. But this Age will continue when again people in the future will need to be led by new Messiah's that will inspire us to emulate their genius by following in their footsteps, shirking off the gadgets that are making us idiots.
The age of information is meaningless if you do not have the ability to evaluate your sources.
we no longer commit anything to memory since it lives in cyberspace, & our ability to recall or get things off the tip of our tongue weakens, reliant on gadgets to compile data.
Personally it makes it much easier for me to check facts, I still need the rough outline of the information and I can revise my opinion halfway through something when I refer to an example and find out I'm misremembering the initial scenario. Having such ability to check (only when combined with a 'trust' metric for such data), is a helpful tool.
For example, google can tell you how to use the apostrophe.