The process where we lose our ability to preform certain skills because of an over reliance of tools that we have created. e.g. calculators, computers, iTouch, etc. This happened when penguins stopped flying and they lost the ability to fly after a certain amount of time that had passed.
We were once able to add numbers visually at great speed, but have lost the ability due to the introduction of calculators is an example of penguinization. Cell phones with speed dial is another example of no longer remembering anyone's phone number because we access numbers electronically rather than relying on our memory.
by Icchok January 27, 2010