A Lesson In Techno-Literacy
Kevin Kelly's post 'Techno Life Skills' lists some interesting principles to master if you want to be truly techno-literate.
Kevin Kelly’s post on The Technium, ‘Techno Life Skills,’ offers some interesting principles to master in order to be techno-literate and at ease with modern-day technology. He makes the observation that as a child, the technologies you will need to be adept at using as an adult haven’t even been invented yet, so it is important to study the area of technology as a whole rather than excelling at a specific technology that may soon be replaced by something better.
Here are a few points he makes:
• Technologies improve so fast you should postpone getting anything until 5 minutes before you need it. Get comfortable with the fact that anything you buy is already obsolete. Therefore acquire at the last possible moment.
• You will be a newbie forever. Get good at the beginner mode, learning new programs, asking dumb questions, making stupid mistakes, soliciting help, and helping others with what you learn (the best way to learn yourself).
• Quality is not always related to price. Sometimes expensive gear is better, sometimes the least expensive is best for you. Evaluating specs and reviews should be the norm.
• The older the technology, the more likely it will continue to be useful.