Derrick De Kerckhove is is the author of The Skin of Culture and Connected Intelligence. He is Professor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto, and in the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Naples Federico II.
He was the Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology from 1983 until 2008.
«In simple terms», write Derrick, «the Augmented Mind is the mind, such as we know it (or think we know it) inside our heads, but externalized, shared, multiplied, accelerated, random accessed and generally processed connectively outside our heads».
«The functions that we all thought were exclusively internal to us, like memory, that is the active recalling of anything, and imagination, that is the creation of images inside our heads, are actually emigrating to screens outside our heads, there to serve new purposes».
You can read The Augmented Mind in english and in italian.
*An essay by Derrick De Kerckhove *