“The best way to create value in the 21st century is to connect creativity with technology. “—Steve Jobs
There is a debate as to whether the technology is a boon or a curse. People fear that technology will replace creativity. In this regard, we will discuss the pros and cons of technology, creativity, and education.
Currently, people are acquiring information on a platter from search engines. There is a limited field of reflection. Previously, people remembered numbers and calculated simple math by mind without using calculators and technology. Today, people are doing everything online with easy and instant access to technology. They hardly think. Will it kill creativity? Will technology overtake humans? Will technology wreak havoc in the future?
Curiosity is the key to progress
“We shouldn’t be afraid to push the boundaries; instead, we should use our science and technology, as well as our creativity and curiosity, to solve the world’s problems. —Jason Silva
Curiosity is the key to progress. Scientists have invented new things out of curiosity. They researched and persisted, leading to amazing inventions and bringing solace to mankind. They treated research as a journey, not a destination. They enjoyed the research process because of their passion and were successful because of their persistence.
Research is an enjoyable journey to invent new things for the benefit of mankind. When you want to invent new things, you have to constantly ask yourself questions. You must accept challenges and have the courage to follow your passions and pursue your research with concentration. You need to avoid naysayers and negative people. You need to surround yourself with like-minded people. You need to stay clearly focused on your goals. You have to sacrifice your personal time, energy, and money to invent something new for the greater good. When you look at the Nobel Prize winners, they sacrificed a lot to add value to humanity.
Technology provides easy access to information for researchers who can extract quality information and convert it into knowledge. It serves as a basis for further research. So don’t treat technology like an enemy. Instead, treat him as an ally to achieve social good.
Technology and education
“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of an extraordinary man. —Elbert Hubbard
Technology has become an integral part of our lives. He made education accessible to everyone and made it cheaper. Anyone can get an education from the search engines for free. Technology has brought many comforts to humans. This saves time, money, energy and resources. But the speed at which technology advances creates apprehensions that technology can overtake humans. No matter how fast technology is, it cannot replace teachers and creativity. Creativity is a gift for humans. Humans have the power of imagination and adaptability. They are tough. Thus, creativity cannot be automated.
“The human mind must prevail over technology. -Albert Einstein
You can’t go back to the Stone Age. You need to embrace Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR). Humans evolved from the Stone Age to the Space Age due to the power of imagination and creativity. Technology creates a dialogue between researchers and people. It cannot replace creativity. It can complement creativity. Therefore, treat technology as an ally and not as an enemy to move human civilization forward in the right direction. To conclude, humans need to know how to harness technology for the benefit of humanity.
Written by Prof. MS Rao, Ph.D.
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