Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Knowledge vs. Information
In "Plato at the Googleplex", Plato says, "Google is gathering information. It's not clear it's gathering knowledge." it reminded me of a conversation my class had with my biology teacher. He brought up the point that we live in a world where we are expected to compete, on an intellectual scale, with a computer. It doesn't sleep or eat. All it does is constantly compile data. How does one compete with that? The answer is you can't. Instead do something a computer is horrible at, be human. Think about things from a human perspective. We are not unemotional, logical robots. We make decisions based on our emotions, our gut. We can look at a situation and deduce from it certain facts. We can problem-solve and think things through. We can come up with crazy complicated inventions and ideas that might fail, but then again might just work. We are not restricted by an algorithm, are minds are truly infinite. So instead of trying to stuff your brain with memorized facts and statistic after statistic, learn how to take the facts the computer so conveniently provided and make your own deductions and conclusions. Use the information you have to create real knowledge and progress. Use your resources wisely. Don't waste time on memorizing and holding on to information a two second google search can provide. That's not what the world needs. It needs thinkers, doers, and innovators. We need crazy to make the impossible a reality. As amazing as a computer is, it still has nothing on the human brain.