Creation and Innovation
The last two readings were very interesting to read. The first reading by Neil Gershenfeld was about the realization that computers are taking over our world. I think that the article was also pointing at the achievements of the technological world over the years with making the computer from a room big to a laptop. The things like Microsoft Word and other are very important to our world today and that is something that we need to be aware of. I think that what the profesors did, providing this class, helps many students realize what they really want to do with their carrers after college. Classes that allow students to experience hands-on the how to make something really makes a student aware of what they like and don't like.
Kahn's reading is more associated with nature and space. I think that Kahn is trying to tell us that nature is what dictates what will be made and what we will be able to make. He sees technology not as something that is better than us because it is something that is built by us. We have the capability to make and create things that are better and better and leave behind the technology that is with us today. He sees that the world is run under the laws of nature and that man is just part of it. We are subject to nature and what new thing it wants to revel to us.
The two readings are different but they are similar at the same time. While one reading is exited about the idea of technology and computers taking over to make anything that we want, the other reading is referring to nature as the only source of inspiration and that we are not surrendered to machines. Neil's reading is giving a recount of the achievements of technology while the other is saying that they are due to nature and the human intelligence. They are similar in that they are both looking to the future. They both see the world as a changing place and that we need to change with it. There is a sense of urgency to study and understand nature as well as technology and how that can affect our societies. Today we see a mix of both and get our current world.