August1991 Posted August 14, 2014 Report Share Posted August 14, 2014 (edited) Steyn is off on this jag again about how backward people use modern technology and yet remain backward.Here's the link: Jetstones and FlintstonesSteyn gives the examples, as he has done before, that backward neanderthals can nevertheless use an iPhone to text messages. Modern technology does not make a person modern.=====I recently watched the Steve Jobs movie with Ashton Kutcher. I liked it. I have not read the book upon which, apparently, the movie was based but I understand the basic point: Jobs sought clarity so that ordinary people could use modern technology. (IMV, no one today knows how to do long division or more certainly, how to find a square root. Few people today know how to use a slide ruler or what I knew as a règle à calcul. Nowadays, everyone reaches for a calculator, or an iPhone.) Believe me: Reaching for a calculator is much better than a slide rule. And a slide rule is far better than a calculation on paper. (IOW, despite being characterised on this forum as being conservative/Conservative, I have no objection to modern technology. On the contrary, I encourage/favour out-sourcing - or délocalisation - or use of a computer rather than a long/paper calculation.)I guess my first point is that Jobs was too smart by half. He made his technology so easy to use that even neanderthals can use it - without knowing what they're doing.And my second point? (The reason for noting education in the OP's title.) An even smarter Jobs would have ensured that when someone swipes a finger, they should know somehow that they are finding the root of a function. After all, to use a calculator to find a square root, you have to know at least what a square root is. My third point. Steyn - as others - makes the error to believe that use of a technology is evidence of modernity. (Let me make this third point more clear: several thousand years ago, original thinkers invented written language - a technology so simple that many people can learn it. Nowadays, many people post nonsense on Internet forums.) Edited August 14, 2014 by August1991 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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