Some incredibly smart and talented folks moved our culture from an industrial age to a technological one. These people possessed exceptional vision, analytical skills, critical thinking ability, math skills, and confidence in their own brains. The human brain is the ultimate operating system, but most people don’t engage it to its full potential. Technology thinks for us these days, but to let that happen is a disservice to the great minds who developed it. Honor technology by thinking for yourself.
A great example of intellect that is taken for granted every day is the movie “The Social Network.” One person writes one algorithm on a window and changes the way we socialize forever. The masses take that for granted. Yet this is a guy who really used his brain to its fullest potential. His intelligence, along with his friends, has allowed the world to share great ideas and trivial announcements. As we play on our Facebook pages, most of us never consider the wonder of the formula that makes it work in the first place.
Computer software isn’t the only place we’ve been allowed to use for intellectual slacking. In fact, our mental laziness goes back to calculators. When was the last time you did division in your head? Ever watch a teenager try to count change? That’s technological irony. How will that child ever develop the next great operating system if he can’t count back 20 cents on an 80 cent sale? Someone developed software that checks our spelling, so no one even tries anymore. That’s fine, but it’s not exactly engaging the brain.
Honor technology by using your own natural operating system.