How do you feel when you see a new tech gadget that, for the most part, looks similar to what you had in the past? It’s a little unsettling.
I think its a bit disturbing when we see our own technology continue to progress. As I’ve said before, I think that we’re not as far ahead as we think we are, so I see this like the gradual development of “technology” in the sense that people are developing new gadgets to replace the old ones. Or at least they’re always replacing the old ones. As our technology keeps getting better, though, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know what’s new.
Its a bit creepy when we go into new tech and we see ourselves, and the technology we use, continuing to improve. It becomes increasingly difficult to know whats new because we are constantly being bombarded by new technologies. For example, I had a friend who was going to put her iPhone 5 in her purse by accident, when she realized she had forgotten to put in the micro USB cable.
And we are constantly bombarded by the new. As well as the old, we have a constant stream of new technologies. For example, I had a friend who was going to put her iPhone 5 in her purse by accident, when she realized she had forgotten to put in the micro USB cable.
We keep learning and we keep learning.
One of the most common comments I receive is something along the lines of “But do you know how to use this?” Or “I just have to see you use this.” This is because we don’t necessarily need to show you how to use it. We don’t need to show you how to build a computer. The point is that you don’t have to know how to use one. We don’t need to tell you how to make a robot.
Technology is a really useful thing. But if you don’t have the skills to use it, then you’re not a technology zombie. Technotrophy is the act of acquiring a skill or a set of skills that other people have and then using it, or failing to use it, to make yourself more valuable to others. For example, if you have a skill that you want to use in your job, you should use that skill because you have to in order to make a living.
No, technology is a very valuable thing. So if you want to become a better programmer, and you can be productive with a little bit of time, then by all means, go for it. But do not fall into the trap of thinking that you have to use a skill in order to use that skill.
But I think it’s important to distinguish between “technology” and “technique.” Technicians and technicians are people who have acquired some specific skills. Techs are people who use technology.
One of the great things about having a job is that you are given the time to learn. It’s a rare thing to have a job that allows you to learn a skill, or even to start learning a skill. The only time you’re really forced to learn is when you need a job. And that only happens when you need a job.