We’re pushing the boundaries of technology, devices are getting smaller, have more processing power and are coming with better sensors.
A typical smartphone can do a what an army of devices from previous years could do.
Yet many things about technology today are broken; i’m not talking about technological shortcomings but more about how technology works and how we interact with it.
You can get a glimpse of the message i want to convey through the comic below:
We’re not being liberated by technology but confined it; WiFi has become a factor when picking hotels for leisure trips, we can’t imagine more than a few hours without our phones, today the first order of business when you reach your destination after traveling is to plug in your devices; we’ve given devices a preference over ourselves!
Now lets compare our smart devices to the not-so-smart devices of yesterday.
Let’s take an example of the humble dustbin (yes, the dustbin is also technology at least by Wikipedia’s definition).
The dustbin never notified you that it’s full or if it need to be cleaned, it just sat there quietly taking your crap. Sometimes you notice it being full (and many times you probably you smell it being full), and clean it out. Most people have a dedicated person or time of day to take out the trash.
Otherwise you’re never thinking about the dustbin.
You’re never worried that you’re missing out on some fun because your dustbin is not the latest model.
You’re never worried that the free dustbin someone gave you will be data-mined to target ads to you.
The damn thing just gets the job done.
That’s how technology should be, a layer, a forgotten layer which enables your life.
It doesn’t seek attention, it just works.
More about ideas on how todays technology should be in a later post.
The young monk on the road to moksha
"You have to pick your path and tread it like your life depends on it" said the Sage, "because it very well does" he then muttered to himself.
And then i thought hard, i had already narrowed it down to two, battle between heart and mind, heart won.
I chose this path was because it allowed my insanity to flow more freely; it was a crazier road, more full of beauty and wonder;
The other path lead to power, but a crude power over dead boxes, it seemed like commandeering an army of dead souls, tireless warriors but ones who neither cherish victory nor moan defeat,
This road seemed like a treat of wonder to the senses, allowing me to be a a creator, a GOD. Creating designs, schemes, plans, shaping pathways for others.
Will this be the right path for the young monk?
Alas, we may never know, but we sure won’t forget to have fun along the way.
1991: Sir Timothy Berners-Lee is working at CERN on a NeXTSTEP workstation when he discovers that the computer programmers in his office had once again wrapped his car in plastic wrap. Determined to get his ultimate revenge, Berners-Lee invents a new computing platform that requires three different languages to make one program, interprets these languages differently on different machines, and puts the critical controls over the runtime environment out of the programmer’s direct control.
Web development is born.— Found in the comments section here: http://bit.ly/1k6rjC5
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was not fond of that new-fangled word “physicist”.
Instead, he was an “experimentalist”, a “natural philosopher”, or simply a “scientist”. It seems a modern trend, this need to hyper-specialize both our questions and our means of answering them. Fight it.