Is Technology Changing Our Brain Formatting – Should We Change Our Educational System To Match?

Not long ago, I was discussing with our think tank some of the challenges with all this new technology and all the information known to mankind literally in the palm of every student lucky enough to have a parent who bought them a smartphone. When holding all this knowledge in their hands – it’s no wonder they feel it a wasteful effort to memorize anything – “why bother, I can just look it up!” Well, they are right, even if we know there are some things they do need to know (memorize) and think about to survive in this world. Let’s talk.

Yes, the digitizing of the world, creates a different reality, one for which our brains and bodies were not necessarily evolved for, therefore human-centric technology is the key, and we need that before we go too much further. On the plus side, and it is a big PLUS, we open our horizons when we become digitally connected in such abundance. And, it is not the technology that is the problem alone, it’s how it’s used. That is the real digital divide. One person may use the technology to send pictures of “cats” to friends on Facebook, another might use it to collaborate with Canine Researchers around the planet to save big cats from extinction. Now then, the latter is much better of course, but we must allow freedom to choose how one wishes to use the technology gift before them right?

I read an interesting article the other day; “We Were Promised Flying Cars, All We Got Was 140-Characters,” meaning that Twitter is worth $10s of Billions and for about $500 million we could have successful perfected VTOL personal flying machines. Humans vote with their dollars, the average person wanted to be amused by distracting text messages and self-validation since they were missing something in their lives, now they want more of that, why? Because, they are so busy using the technology they feel even more empty inside – but then again, their addictions to these technologies were a choice, who are we to argue with their freedom to choose? Hard to say, but yes, I tend to agree with you. I personally am not on Facebook, nor do I own a smart-phone for the very reasons most technologists have considered, but couldn’t do without.

How we teach our children in the midst of all this social media, information and technology will determine how they use it in the future. Our entire human civilization is at stake and god forbid if all that technology were to stop working one day?

The One Predictable Thing About Technology

… Is that it’s unpredictable.

Making predictions about anything is a tricky business. It’s often fraught with problems and compounded by two factors: too many variables and too many people.

Making predictions in the world of technology is about as rough as it gets. You see a trend, a fad, or a new craze, jump on it, extrapolate, and then go and get it all totally wrong.

As an example, at the turn of the 20th century, it was predicted that passenger air balloon travel – pioneered by the likes of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin – would be commoditized and become the pre-eminent means of mass transit. In fact, it would be so popular, by the 1980s, people would have their own personal air balloon as their primary method of conveyance.

Obviously, this gaze into the future didn’t take into account the airplane, which put an end to that pearl of foresight.

The main problem with looking forward is that people do it in such painfully straight lines, as the previous example demonstrates. The telephone is another useful example; who could have predicted mobile phones at the time Alexander Graham Bell was fussing around with the technological equivalent of paper cups and wet string?

No one could have. Furthermore, how could anyone have predicted that these mobile telephones would one day have cameras built in? Or that you could send written messages on them? You only have to go back 10 years, and such ideas would be derided as foolish drivel.

The future is a curly thing, and in the wonderful world of information technology, the driving force behind much of the confusion is convergence.

Now there’s a buzzword if I ever heard one. And this becomes the next big problem with predicting future trends in technology: let’s get two really cool gizmos and merge them; people will love it!

Err, no! What drives desire is anyone’s guess. What drives need is utility: two very different parts of the brain are being exercised, here, one more than the other!

If something doesn’t fulfill a practical purpose, then it’s neither use nor ornament.

This future-predicting thing is even harder these days, but in a way, even the most outlandish theory could have its day. Things are changing so quickly that new technologies are emerging literally overnight. And given that people’s needs are also changing, evolving, and emerging, who knows?

Going back even further, desire, need – call it what you will – has a common source. The very engine of change is people, society, lifestyle, and a requirement to manage, re-route and/or if need be, delegate all of this data and information.

The Apple Newton was way ahead of its time. A bunch of clever guys ‘n’ gals sat in a room and made a remarkable prediction about how people would “consume” data and information, and they were right on the money – the only problem being that they were over 10 years early!

Now, people are on the move. People work on the move, hold down long-distance relationships, work with colleagues across time zones, and manage bank accounts in a cafe while drinking a cup of chai.

The only certainty is the same one that has been pontificated upon since time immemorial: things change. Things often come together in intriguing, mysterious, and eminently useful ways.

So here’s my prediction: things will never be small enough, big enough, fast enough, cool enough, or cheap enough! Am I wrong?

4 Mesmerizing Examples of Technology

Ever wondered what technology really is and how many forms it can take. In fact, this article cites some examples of technology so that you get a concrete idea.

Here they are:

1. Programming Languages

Programming languages for instance Java, C, C++, C# and others help with coding in order to build software products which are in turn purchased by clients or other relevant companies for instance, for maintaining their IT assets.

Software products also come into the picture in the form of backend connected with front end where you get to input data and retrieve information from the relevant database. SQL or standard query language is the one we use for querying information but it is embedded in the system so that you do not have to do any hard work other than call up data from the backend to the front end interface on user input and/or button clicks.

As another instance, we can use notepads to store formatted information and apply data mining algorithms on these data to find some patterns which tell for example, whether the profit from last year in a shopping complex is more or less than that of this year and make a comparison and try to find patterns in customers’ preferences in purchasing stuff.

2. Electronic Gadgets

Apart from software, technology is more popular in the build up of electronic gadgets for example, smart phone, iPAD, TAB, iPOD and the list goes on. It is up to you to find out which is convenient for you and accordingly purchase it.

3. Means of Communication

In order to make our lives easier, almost everywhere in the world we can travel in buses, trains and airplanes which with time have become more luxurious, modernized and comfortable. We are also able to own cars and other vehicles of our own choice and they give us more security nowadays.

4. Books, eBooks and audio books

In this modern day, writing and publishing books have become so much easier that anybody who knows or trains himself how to write books in any niche or field of interest can finally publish and sell them on Amazon.

Following and abiding by the rules of Amazon, your book can be a bestseller and you feel encouraged to write more books. As you earn more fame, you can actually quit your day job and resort to selling books, by writing and publishing first.

EBooks, other than books in print, and audio books are also popular and you can create and sell them also.

Summing up, these four forms are bright examples of technology and it is up to you how you can take advantage of them.