There’s no doubt about it: go in any business on nearly any place on earth, and you’ll find technology in one form or another that is doing the job that humans use to do. Whether that’s automating e-mails to customers every month or fabricating parts for a train engine, technology is making our world smoother and more efficient.
There is one area, however, that technology will never be able to tap into: creativity. The ability of humans to imagine and create something out of thin air is a unique trait that can’t be developed via complex algorithms. On the other hand, technology can help evolve the human spirit into further areas of ingenuity and design.
By Opening Up Lines of Communication
We are innately social creatures, and what we create as individuals is dependent on how we interact as a group. While different cultures and backgrounds define who we are, it’s only by intermingling that we can create something truly unique.
Technology allows for a child in sub-Saharan Africa to learn from a professor at Oxford, while an 94-year-old retired English teacher from Poland can open up a bottle-making business out of his garage by hiring a website designer from the United States. All over the place, technology is opening up lines of communication and transforming the human experience in ways we never thought possible.
By Failing Quicker
Thomas Edison famously said when discovering the lightbulb, “I didn’t fail, I simply found ten thousand ways not to make a lightbulb.” It was only through numerous trials-and-errors that constituted most of his adult life that he was finally able to arrive at his crowning achievement.
Similarly, we can arrive at our life’s magnum opus not becoming geniuses overnight, but by going through exponentially more iterations of a project than we could in years past. Now, we fail quicker, learn faster, and figure out what works more efficiently. It’s a spiral of achievement that creates more successes than failures.
By Identifying Uniqueness
Because we are interacting with people from around the world, it’s easier than ever to take aspects of various different talent sets and combine them into something truly unique. Whereas culture dictates that a painting style must conform to certain guidelines, by implementing styles from other places around the world – like Picasso did when he discovered cubism – we are able to form something the world has never seen before.