A history of mankind
Information technology, IT, has existed as long as we have had civilizations – bones and pieces of wood with marks for the memory have been used for thousands of years, and advanced systems have developed in relation to complex societies.
Cuneiform on clay tablets was used by the Sumerians for contracts, laws, taxes, stories and so on. The information you wanted to keep or exchange was transformed to data and coded in cuneiform script. The skills (to write and understand the signs) in combination with the technology (clay tablets, wedges) separated the information from time, space and person.
To collect, build new and pass down information is one of the most typical characteristics for the human being. IT is a part of this.
A new dimension
Our world consists of small units. One of the basic units is the atom – the typical size is around 100 picometers (a ten-billionth of a meter). These small things build the universe, the body, the houses, the emotions. That is what chemistry is about.
During the last fifty years, we have added a new unit – the bit. They are not small, they are not even physical – they are a new dimension. We have added a new dimension to the time/space-dimension – the digital dimension. Every place, every emotion, every song, every individual, every time has a digital dimension. From now on, until the end of civilization. Cope with it.
A new economy
Think about Kodak. The company had 140 000 employees. In 2012, two things happened in a few months. Kodak went bankrupt and Facebook bought Instagram for one billion dollars.
The works are gone but the money is still there – Facebook has made a whole bunch of people ten times richer than George Eastman, the founder of Kodak.
A collaborative production
A sharing ideology – six of the most popular content sites in the world are produced by users. It is obvious that a lot of people work without getting paid; the content on Wikipedia, the greatest encyclopedia today, is created by volunteers all over the world. This is a layer in the economy that we never see – it is besides the BNP, besides the bank accounts. Ideas are stronger than objects, thoughts are stronger than matter, bits are stronger that atoms, interaction is stronger that transaction.
A new kind of knowledge
When the machines entered the textile industries in the 18th and 19th century, they were considered as a threat for the economy – the machines are stealing the jobs for the workers! And they did. But at the same time, new professions were born – and the number of workers grew.
Today we are heading a period similar to the first industrial revolution. Abstract thinking, creativity, design competence, and innovation instead of hands on work and routines. The robots are considered as threats – they steal our jobs! And they do. The request for low qualified employees is low, while the request for the high-educated is high.
The shark is old, much older than Homo sapiens, enjoy its smooth movements, try to understand it, but do not bleed.
Fredrik Sandblad || 2017-05-04