G. Mark’s Answer
Obviously there are many, many advantages of technology. I think the term coined was something like "seven league boots for the mind". With the advent of Internet of Things, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and particularly the internet's leveraging of these things, students have an incredible amount of resources available. The downside I've found that I'm most concerned about is the loss of ability to survive without these things. I have found some -- not all by any means -- kids that simply do not know or care how many things work, and worse, don't exercise a skeptical, evaluative mindset. They accept conclusions without examination. They don't analyze how things actually work, particularly logical arguments, economics and psychology. This worries me. The constant onslaught of sloganism and sound bites sometimes causes kids to easily accept others' ideas. This makes them very vulnerable to being manipulated. I personally spent the years raising my daughter to be inquisitive, to see the patterns in the world and how they repeat, and to be very, very skeptical of "easy answers". There will come a time when the singularity is here -- much sooner than most of us realize, I think. That is the time when machines will be doing things that we can't understand. They are already building machines that no single human being can make. Loss of the desire to understand is a very sad thing. We need to keep that in mind.