In the early 1970s, the advent of the first microprocessor seemed to revolutionize humanity from the start. Previously large electronic devices had already gone through a phase of miniaturization when electronic bulbs were replaced by transistors. The first microprocessor excited all the specialists, who expected remarkable technological developments.
The first home computers appeared in a short time, through a technological revolution that made all computing machines already much more powerful than the ones that took the first humans to the moon. Less than a decade later, personal computers became more prevalent, and operating systems became more user-friendly. The late 1980s and early 2000s saw an explosion in demand – and supply – for computers. Almost every night, its creators create more powerful models, and programs can be used not only by the elite, but become part of a lifestyle.
Moreover, personal computers began to communicate with each other, with the “openness to people” of ways of communication and communication, which until now only worked between major research centers and universities in the world. Internet.
It is gradually changing the lives of all people on the planet. The (somewhat unpleasant) sound of the modem connected to the telephone network indicates profound changes. The advent of mobile phones, and later smartphones, would accelerate humanity’s transition to the digital world and transform it into a truly global village.
A technological revolution? Yes, of course. But, like any fast-moving stream, there are side effects that bring some things back into the past.
certificate? We see them in our lives every day.
It has taken humanity over a thousand years, since the last period of the Western Roman Empire, to return to literacy, the teaching of books. Medieval folk communication was mostly through images – or orally. Since the advent of “icons” designed to simplify computer use, it seems that we are turning more and more towards these visual forms of communication. Also, podcasts and audiobooks do not stimulate reading and writing, but they do resume the oral tradition. Or maybe I’m wrong. If we see how grammar is affected in many messages circulating on social media, it might be best not to discuss this topic.
As we move more and more into the digital age, the number of users is increasing exponentially, while the number of software and computer creators, which is also increasing, is much slower. Reducing the number of experts compared to the number of users cannot predict anything good.
At the same time, there are many users who do not consider that such computers should help their mind, and not replace it. And I’m not talking about functionally illiterate people on the Internet. It is about learners, who are accustomed to using specialized applications, made either by old people or their peers, and to which they listen with blind confidence. Geo-targeting software, for example, used by drivers or pedestrians, appears to have some lettering in fiery letters. Even if errors occur here, either due to a weaker signal, technical defects, or other types.
Google search engines have made our lives easier. Walking and searching through libraries has been replaced by simply typing keywords into some specialized software. However, search performance in specialized Internet databases appears to be low.
And what do you do when all this happens in seemingly dysfunctional nations, where no one has been passionately and professionally involved in developing high-performing educational systems? The decline in education is reflected in the success of some functionally illiterate aggressors, who become influencers for tomorrow’s generations. The presence of many dark corners of the Internet makes the chaotic – or at least disorganized – areas of the virtual village plunge the entire community into the pits. Unfortunately, it is real and not hypothetical.
I do not want to dwell on the weakest of the angels. Ironically, they adapted better to new conditions. Discussions resurfaced, which many considered to be over for centuries. Without the computer revolution, there were no such deviants as those who claim the earth is flat, anti-vaccine, and those who treat cancer with tea and good ideas. In an age where science is advancing at an unprecedented pace, these byproducts of today’s society are creating a tide in the opposite direction (fortunately, not quite as fast). The Internet helps the conspirators hide from the wrath of a world government.
What will they do when they see that no one is looking for them?
Adrian Stanica Researcher at the National Institute of Marine Geology – GeoEcoMar, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Stirling, UK.