The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: It’s here; it’s everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? “Choose the former,” writes Rushkoff, “and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”See what I mean about "pretentious" and "elitist"? Basically, learn to code or be a slave. Of course, there is a tendency for people to assume that their own skillset is the most important one:
Philosophy [nature] is written in that great book which ever is before our eyes -- I mean the universe -- but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols in which it is written. The book is written in mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth. - Galileo GalileiLearn math or live in darkness. Even psychologists are not immune:
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. - William JamesBut there is no one discipline that determines your fate or your freedom. Learning to read and write, to do math and science, or to program certainly offers people tools for understanding and acting on the world, but they aren't enough by themselves. It's not about simply having these skills - plenty of book-smart, math-smart, or computer-smart people are living forgettable/forgotten lives right now.
The real issue is how you use these skills at the right place and right time. You need to have a flexible, critical, creative mind that sees opportunities and can act on them. There is value in thinking about things in new ways and from new perspectives outside of your comfort zone.
|From "Urban Origami Installations on the Streets of Hong Kong and Vietnam by Mademoiselle Maurice" featured on Colossal Art and Ingenuity.|
Instead of filling the entire conference with talks about programming technique, Teich felt it was more important to bring in outside activities to broaden coders’ horizons. “We as developers have the opportunity to become better at a our craft, and the way we do things as humans,” says Teich, “Why do we care about crafts? Because I want you to be thinking not just about ‘how do I write the best line of code,’ but ‘how do I open myself up to world of what’s possible.’ - from the Waza Conference 2013
|Attendees learn how to fold origami cranes and frogs.|
|From The Scottsdale Reef, the New York Reef and the Chicago Reef installed in the The Gallery @ The Library in the Scottsdale Civic Center, 2009.|