Me: what did you do at school today?
Son: Learned about the world using Google Earth.
I really hadn’t expected that answer.
If you think about that for a moment it’s quite staggering. My son is 5 years old and in his first year of school. When I was 5 I can’t imagine I even knew what an atlas was and maybe I didn’t know the world existed outside my town, let alone my country.
So after dinner we took a trip up and around the top of Mount Everest.
We also visited Ayers Rock in Australia, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and my personal favourite, we zoomed in to the 50 yard line of Soldier Field, home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
Ain’t technology awesome.
Is technology reducing the need to learn new skills? Do you think it undermines talent?
Recently I downloaded Instagram. Yeah, a bit late to that party, I know. It quickly became one of my favourite apps. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a simple app that enables you to take a photo on your iPhone and apply filters to produce images like the one above.
Not too long ago this kind of manipulation of images used to be limited to a talented, minority group of people who had worked to attain technical and creative skills, usually photographers and designers.
Today, I bypassed any study and produced the same results by clicking a button.
I have sticky finger prints smeared across my flat screen TV.
They’re not mine, I might add. Rather they belong to my two year old son. Unlike his other random markings around the house (walls are a particular favourite), these are deliberate and with purpose.
He tries to operate the TV like he would my iPhone. That is, he competently swipes and pushes objects (buttons) on the flat screen as a means of navigating to the content he wants.
When the TV doesn’t respond he gets annoyed and airs his displeasure.