I have read the article Suicide, stupidity, and the iPhone and, I must admit, it touched me. Nothing I did not know before, for sure. But something I do not like to think about.
I have to think better to this article before writing a post which would not simply be a plain and ineffective agreement.
Posted on October 16, 2007
Thanks to an IBM internal comment, I discovered the Did you know 2.0 video referenced by Luis in his Reminder of How Much Things Are Changing post.
I have one reaction: frightening. I am scared! I mean, of course the flow of things cannot be reversed, the earth spins from West to East regardless of my opinion (or of the collective opinion thereof…). But there is a difference between acknowledging that something is happening and not doing anything to oppose, right?
I mean, not everything that happens is “a good thing”, in my opinion. We have the right, as human beings, to oppose to things that may not go in the direction we like.
I list here few things I definitely do not like:
- B.G. : Before Google ????
Could not believe it!!! There was an era before Google and an era after….
It is not that I could not believe it. This is a fact. No one can contradict this evidence. But, once spelled in that way, I think it also becomes relevant the question: “if Internet search is SO important and pervasive, could we really afford to leave it in the hands of a single private monopoly?”.
- “Today’s learners will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38.“
I am not the person who was born in IBM; I just joined 5 years ago (yeah, I am in one of the other statistics) and have been with other 3 companies before in 25 years of work.
But 10-14 jobs by the age of 38 means that people may change jobs as frequently as each year or 18 months. Is this what companies expect in terms of loyalty from employees? Isn’t it true that people start being really productive once they know the context and the culture of the company they work for? Does this mean we will all have “contractor jobs“, jobs based on a single task to be executed?
- “Half of what a student in a 4-years course studies will be outdated starting when starting his 3rd year.“
Ehi. Culture is not only technology that gets outdated as new inventions happen.
I think that children and adolescents have the right to study things that will not be directly part of their CV. It is the only moment in life in which they can learn things “just for thesake of learning”, “just to shape their minds and their hearts”, “just to discover what the history has sedimented in thousands of years”.
We will always have the time to play with the last innovation… but we will not have so much time to read Shakespeare, to learn how to love poetry, to understand how humankind got here where we are.
Sedimentation of understanding is an important principle that we need to keep in mind. Reading, remembering… and understanding (in order to have culture permeating our lives) are still different processes in our brain, I think (at least they are in mine).
- “Young people Urgently need new skills to succeed in the global economy“.
Learning new skills is something that has been true always, I guess. The evolution of mankind just did not start yesterday…
The accent here, though, is on the urgency. Like “we urgently need to eat”…. Urgently!
I commented on the pace of this urgency a couple of days ago…
And the other accent is on the “global economy”. As a big a Godzilla from which we have to defend ourselves… Or as the climate changes that will subvert the needs pyramid and change the way in which we face day-to-day life.
Looks really like a science-fiction movie, where it seems we are starting to fear about what we are producing but we are already unable to control it.
I cannot consider that all this is unavoidable. I cannot think that we do not have a mean to adapt the pace to our biological rhythm, to the way in which our minds have been shaped and our heart loves.