It has taken me quite awhile to realize this – and I can still hardly believe it. If most people are asked what runs the world, they will say “We do!” When they have no idea what they are saying. Who are the referring to?
They are referring to the people formed by mass communications, predominantly Television. Everyone is watching them. And their TVs have taken control of their minds.
Except Television has been updated by the Computer, and its networks – the Internet and the Phone. The Computer did not replace the TV. In people’s minds it is the same thing – but somehow better. And they identify with it – not having the slightest idea of how it works.
They think they are in control (because they can choose which channel (or screen) to watch) – when they are only passive watchers. Or Consumers – they can choose what they buy. And this makes them feel all-powerful.
So much for the introduction that sets the scene for what I am going to say. But I started to talk about Software – what about that?
Software is that invisible stuff that runs computers. It’s simple – do this, and then this, and so on. Plus some control statements, such as run this, this many times. Plus many, many libraries of functions that the software can call. This is where the power of software resides – in all the clever tricks that have been invented – that make the computer look human. When it is nothing but a robot.
Most people know nothing of this – but businesses have been fast to catch on. The Computer has made them more powerful – much more powerful. And indeed, has created a global economy – run by Software!
Everyone is being told “Look at this, or look at that!” But not to look at what is running everything – Software. The invisible controller, that is running everything.
This is even true of the many businesses I worked for in my twenty years (1980-2000), in California, in what thought of itself as the Computer Industry. They did not understand Software either! And did not want to understand it – because it was putting them out of business!
Consider the difference between the computer of the Nineties – a huge box where you had to buy additional hardware to plug into it – to make it do anything useful. To today’s laptop computer – where everything is built in.
The users of these computers are not smarter – but stupider. Because the Computer is doing so much for them. Its brain (its software) is taking the place of the user’s brains.
I am not saying anything new here – only repeating what many other people have said – the Computer is replacing people in many jobs. And the jobs that are left, require Software skills.
These skills are not hard to acquire – there is a whole industry devoted to teaching these skills, to almost anyone who can use a keyboard and a mouse. But how few are taking advantage of this learning opportunity! They do not want to learn – they only want to grab whatever is out there.
The difference in attitude here is profound! And nearly impossible to explain. Either you have the ability to see what is – or you don’t.
And most do not.