As technology starts to outsmart humans how can we keep up?

Author: Holly McEntegart, Marketing Executive at Exactive


Can you remember a world before technology? I’m guessing 99.99% of you answered no and as for the other 0.01%, have you been hiding under a rock? Everywhere we turn it’s there, reminding us how clever it has become.

Then again, we probably should have seen this coming given that it’s been advancing for a pretty long time now.

Take a look at the facts:

  • In the early nineteenth century, Charles Babbage, an English Mechanical Engineer, invented the first mechanical Computer followed by more familiar models in the twentieth century. However, the use of the word Computer dates back as far as the fifteenth century. 
  • The initial idea behind the Internet came from Leonard Kleinrock in his first paper, ‘Information Flow in Large Communication Nets’ back in 1961. By the late 1960s, the Internet as we recognise it today, was being developed in California and in 1969 it was introduced to the general public.
  • Tablets didn’t start with iPads in 2010. In actual fact, they date back as far as 1987 with the Linus Write-Top followed closely by the GridPad in 1989 – which is referred to by some as the first Tablet Computer.

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So with all the above in mind, we need to ask ourselves how we keep up now that technology is beginning to outsmart us? As society becomes more entwined with the digital world, we appear inadequate. Our Laptop and iPhone can do more than we can – a lot quicker too. Millennials have grown up with a lot of the big technological advancements so compared with older generations, they have the upper hand and are more likely to recognise all the benefits. Take a personal example from a Millennial: my Grandma has an iPad that she can just about use. Every time it needs app updates she will ask one of us to do it for her. When we have applied them, we often talk through what has changed on her Apple product and carry on with what we were doing previously, un-phased. The big BUT here is that my Grandma doesn’t recognise them as small changes and struggles to then use it in the same way. In her head it’s back to square one.

This idea of technology being too smart doesn’t have to be viewed as negative though. For most who have access to it, life has been made much easier and enjoyable in so many ways and we should embrace this. Instead of viewing it as challenging and feeling out of depth, learn it and see how it can personally add value to your home and working life. Allow technology to help you where it can and keep up by wising up and not letting it beat you down.

Picture this – a world without it.

I bet you can’t.