The Relevance of Digital Tools

Why study digital tools when many of the digital tools currently in use will be obsolete in the future?  Technology builds upon itself.  No new technology is created without the use of previous technologies.  Let’s use the automobiles of today as an example.  The many iterations of automobile originate from the singular idea of an automobile.  The many advances in safety and efficiency all stem from improvements on the original design.  Even modern electric cars share the fundamentals of the first car; it can also be said that the first automobile shared the fundamentals of the horse drawn carriage.  The term horsepower is derived from the likening of a motor to a team of horses.

– A pictoral representation of the evolution of the automobile – from a model extremely similar to a horse drawn carriage to an imagination of the future of transportation.

Without a doubt, the fundamentals of today’s digital tools will continue on in the digital tools of the future.  The concepts, processes, and technology itself will evolve and continue into new digital tools.  It is easy to see how easily one could lose track of the progress of technology.  The differences and similarities between two models of automobile in the above picture can be relatively easily seen.  When you increase the gap to two or more models the similarities are less easily seen.  The same can be said about technology.  Learning technology today makes learning future technology easier.  The relevance for individuals that would like to stay relevant in the future of employment and keeping current with our ever-changing, fast-paced lifestyle cannot be understated.




4 thoughts on “The Relevance of Digital Tools

  1. I agree that learning current tech will only enhance learning future tech. It is a series of steps. With regard to the reply above, I think although customer service jobs will take on a different set of tasks, we will see this field grow. Developing more complex digital tools will surely give rise to a new set of customer service job descriptors. Also, development, engineering, programming all seem to me to be jobs of the future. I think some current jobs will be obsolete before the end of the next decade.


  2. Matthew,
    I completely agree that technology isn’t likely to start over. Its much more likely to build from its predecessor. Anyone waiting to learn the newest technology would need to have some foundation and a working knowledge of what has existed previously. The time to learn will not be lenient. You are expected to catch on quickly or get left behind.


  3. I agree that we must keep abreast of the current technologies, as well as be aware of where they developed from. By combining the knowledge of both, we can successfully learn from both mistakes and triumphs in order to propel our society into the next phase awaiting us just around the corner.


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