Tuesday, January 03, 2006

How different are young minds (creative) and old ones (dead)?

It always impressive when a major technology company comes up with a new product utilising the latest available techonolgy. Like most technology enthusiast, I'm almost always in AWW how great an idea or feature the product offers. This however, doesn't mean a equates to a
good thing.

Appreciating the complexity of a certain product shows the maturity of a person's wisdom and the knowledge in the possiblities of technology. However, this appreciation tend to take up too much time than how a person exploits the new functionality of the product. The older one
gets and matures, the mind's flexibility reduces.

This explains why kids are faster in learning new languages, music talent, arts, and why children tend to be able to do complex computerfunctionality adults usually find difficulties in.

The key to this weakness in wisdom is to adopt a habit of not setting boundaries to anything if possible. The process of being mature often comes with setting up a set of rules to follow, and by obeying these rules things gets done faster. It comes with understanding the processof doing getting something done and repetitiveness.

The way our mind works with repetitiveness is programming it into our subconcious mind. When rules are set in our subconcious mind, it sets limits on most and many things. This is the ultimate disaster increative exploitations.

For example, if you always drive home through a bumpy road with holes in the road. Let's say you have a cheap car with lousy suspension and in order to take good care of your car, you avoid the holes. After a few times, you'll know where the holes are and you'll know when and
how to avoid these bumps. Eventually, it'll get into your subconcious mind and you'll be doing this complex task without even thinking.

Then one day, a new car with extremely kickass suspension system is out in the market and you bought it. Let's assume this new system is fail-proof and you are supposed to drive through the bumpy road with no worries. However, after getting used to avoiding the holes everytime you drive home, wasting countless time slowing down to reduce the impact, you still drive slowly despite knowing the car is built for such problem. Unlike you, a new user wouldn't careless aboutanything and would just drive through.

Car suspension = feature, holes = problems.

This appears to be the same when it comes to new products. Younger generation careless about consequences and thus capable of utilising a new product or feature to it's fullest. That's what I'll be attemptingto achieve. Being a grown up mature and yet still always a new user.

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