The access to data anytime, anywhere, through search engines like Google, is taking an effect on human memory, according to a new study, ultimately altering the way the brain functions. (…) We are becoming symbiotic with our computer tools, growing into interconnected systems, the authors wrote in the paper. We have become dependent on them to the same degree we are on all the knowledge we gain from our friends and coworkers — and lose if they are out of touch. It isn’t clear what the effects of being so wired will have on people over time, the authors, led by Betsy Sparrow of Columbia, wrote. But it suggests that the use of search engines is causing our brains to reorganize where it goes for information, adapting to new computing technologies rather than relying solely on rote memory.