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I noticed that a lot of things, which were complicated to do or required certain skills to produce, are being offered wholesale. Examples? Have a look at the shelves in your favourite supermarket: pizza pie, french cake, various “do it yourself” cakes, ready to grill marinated meats… Digital cameras have pre-set programs so you can shoot perfect portrait every time and then you can feed the related file into software which will remove red eyes by a push of another button. Cloud computing slowly replaces a need for in-house IT divisions. Cars can no longer be repaired in your home garage. Electronic calculators freed us from having to know basic mathematical functions, text messages replaced letters and handwriting became a chore.

Many people say that all those changes are coming with the wave of innovation and improvement, I say that this is a part of a vicious spiral of idiocy. The more products or services requiring specialised skills and knowledge are being offered wholesale, the less people are having skills needed to produce them. Consider computers: at the beginning, every one of us old farts could write simple code (Basic) on Atari or Commodore. Then those were replaced by desktops and you needed more skills to write or do anything on new machines – number of people knowing what to do was reduced. Further reduction came with IT departments. Now cloud will kill those too.

This is the paradox of numbers I see here – the more “skill rich” products are on offer, the less are people out there with those skills. I think that this is what leads to general stupidity of fellow humans, loss of jobs, etc. Why learn certain skills if products or services requiring those are offered wholesale?

Where all this leads to? After all, 5 people with baking skills can create a formula for a cake, which then will be produced for billions of humans. What will happen though if those 5 will die? We will use their recipe. And if that will disappear?

Hmmm…

 

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