Socrates was actually right.
By delegating cognitive functions to devices, we are actually losing cognitive skills because we stopped stimulating our brains in such functions.
Can anyone remember a phone number these days?
When I was younger I used to remember the phone numbers of every friend and relative. These days no one remembers a single digit because we delegated the memory to our phones.
The same with spatial processing and spatial memory, we used to use physical maps, and our brains had the capability to mentally rotate images, locate oneself in a map and actually use our eyes in the streets to try to remember where we were.
These days we are brainlessly following the directions of a GPS, delegating yet another brain function to a device.
Now we are even dumber in this skill, no one seems to remember even how to get where and how. We gotta check Google maps first…
And this is actually causing some physical changes in our brains, as these regions are increasingly less stimulated.
The next stage worries me, which will be the delegation of actual reasoning to AI. We won’t even attempt to solve problems, we will end up asking for solutions to AI… and we will get it.
I am already seeing my nephews asking for “how to…” and “what is…” questions to Alexa. No research, no pondering, no reasoning, just demanding answers.
If we become duller and dumber in critical thinking skills, we are doomed as species.
PS: btw, in contrast, in the times of Socrates, most Greeks were capable of reciting every single Homeric epics by memory.