Computers And Internet — Echoes Of Creation

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Our once concrete world is now dissolving into a realm of intangibility.

It is interesting to consider how the computer and the Internet have changed our lives.

Tasks that previously required visiting certain locations and interacting with specific people, such as booking holidays or accessing your bank account, can now be performed online.

Often, when you go somewhere to talk to an assistant, he ends up doing the task online in the same way that you would do it yourself.

The online bank intrigues me a lot.

We almost lost the need for real currency. I am paid by check, which goes straight to my bank account.

I then access my bank account using the Internet and transfer some money to my savings account, which is in a different bank than my regular account.

If I ever need money from my savings account, I log in and transfer it back to my main account.

I never gave “real” money to this bank, nor did I receive any of them. Most of my purchases today are made using some online wallet.

I seldom have cash, hard, and real money with me. Nowadays, we buy things with data.

Numbers fly everywhere, being subtracted and added from one variable to another.

Presumably, real money is still being sent somewhere between banks, but I usually never see it.

It makes me wonder how long it will take until technically we don’t have money.

The stock market also intrigues me.

I never got involved, but it seems to me that it is the professional equivalent of the gaming bet world. People trust that a specific stock will go up or down, and win or lose money, depending on whether their risk works or not.

What interests me most is the fact that, in principle, this is an economic reality built around the concept of buying and selling absolutely nothing. What you own are theoretically “parts” of a specific association.

Collect enough bits, and you can be the owner of the company. You transfer some figures that represent money and receive some numbers that represent shares.

When those numbers get bigger, you sell them again and receive a few more financial numbers in return.

There is usually no real product or money (that you have on hand) seen in any of this process. We have moral dilemmas now that did not exist in the past.

For example, is piracy theft? All you get is a copy of the data.

Nobody loses anything tangible with the theft. Stealing a purse means that someone no longer has the bag.

Stealing a car means that someone has to take the bus for a while. Stealing a computer program means that another copy ‘magically’ appears in front of you.

The futuristic villains of the past made countries rescue with real tremendous-sized weapons, often floating in space.

The reality of our modern world is that you can demand that a nation´s rescue can be paid with nothing “solid”, just a copy of some files from a secure computer.

Virtual reality may not have happened in the form of realistic virtual worlds, but in a way, the truth is becoming ‘virtual.’

It may not be problematic or even unexpected, but I find it interesting that cash and hard facts are quickly becoming anything but solid.

Imagining the unimaginable is the maximum use of creativity. — Cynthia Ozick.

We all do it. But we rarely use it. We spend the day following the usual routine and rarely activate our vision to plan or develop something outside of our regular schedule.

Steve Joordens, a cognitive psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto, puts it this way — “It’s only a small percentage of our lives that we spend considering things consciously. We can spend 80 percent of our lives without overthinking about what we are thinking and doing.”

Professor Joordens points out that when you are involved with your normal daily tasks, any effort to spark your mind for some artistic purpose is” complicated and easily disturbing.

To get to the creative thing, you have to expend some effort.

People do not tend to make these endeavors. “For those, however, who find the time and strive to ignite the power of the imagination, find that the experience can be refreshing and often leads to a successful outcome to a creative idea.

In an article on the power of imagination, Andrew Chung writes — “Many of the greatest advances, such as the theory of relativity, were products of an abundance of imagination …”

Another powerful creative tool is to combine intelligence with visualization — this is the combination used successfully by athletes like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus — they take the time and endeavor to imagine various shooting possibilities, so, after calculating the best shot, the image they considered in their thoughts becomes the reality.

Imagination plus visualization are a powerful tool in the development of a more creative and happy person.

Creativity is something we all have, but we use it sparingly.

When we imagine something, it usually deals with the usual mundane concerns of our lives.

It is worth the time and effort to use your insight to think outside the box and bring innovative ideas with original challenges that will bring a new lease on life.

There are no days in life as exceptional as those that echoed with some surprise of creation.

Originally published at on September 3, 2020.

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