Standing on Giant shoulders


“If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of
giants” — Isaac Newton
At no other point of time would these humble words of a genuis mind
be more relevant than now. If the new generation boasts of acheiving
greater heights it is not because we are the most intelligent
generation but simply better equipped than our predecents. All the
acheivements that we have acheived till now are because we don’t
have to reinvent the wheel. It is already there we just have to use
it and build on it.
I realise this everytime I use technology as an aid. And what better
example than a google search. Anything under the sun and even beyond
the sun is available here. For example, if you forget some command,
searching for it wasn’t so easy. You needed to know where to find
it. If it is a book, is it a part of the library, is it available
currently. Or ask some resource person / expert/ peer. Esp. if it is
learning a new technology attend classes for it, travel half the
world to attend conferences or training sessions. Buy related books
and required equipment. Programs written in low level languages and
compilers took long to execute any program. Any error costed lots of
valuable time and money. All this was a costly affair.
Now it is just a matter of seconds. Type anything that might be
relevant to the command and lo! you have the thousands of pages
throughout the world giving you the answer. Visit any forum and you
have all the expertise dished out to you, that too for free. You
don’t have to waste your time and money doing the same mistakes that
somebody has already done. Just a PC and an Internet connection and
you have the world at your disposal. It is difficult to even imagine
a life without these facilities in our life. So if you are getting
things done in a record time. If you are able to produce excellent
results from a project. You also have somebody else to be thanked
other than yourself.

“If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” — Isaac Newton

At no other point of time would these humble words of a genuis mind be more relevant than now. If the new generation boasts of acheiving greater heights it is not because we are the most intelligent generation but simply because we are better equipped than our predecents. All the acheivements that we have acheived till now are because we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. It is already there we just have to use it and build on it.

I realise this everytime I use technology as an aid. And what better example than a google search. Anything under the sun and even beyond the sun is available here. For example, if you forget some command, searching for it wasn’t so easy. You needed to know where to find it. If it is a book, is it a part of the library, is it available currently. Or ask some resource person / expert/ peer. Esp. if it is learning a new technology attend classes for it, travel half the world to attend conferences or training sessions. Buy related books and required equipment. Programs written in low level languages and compilers took long to execute any program. Any error costed lots of valuable time and money. All this was a costly affair.

Now it is just a matter of seconds. Type anything that might be relevant to the command and lo! you have the thousands of pages throughout the world giving you the answer. Visit any forum and you have all the expertise dished out to you, that too for free. You don’t have to waste your time and money doing the same mistakes that somebody has already done. Just a PC and an Internet connection and you have the world at your disposal. It is difficult to even imagine a life without these facilities in our life. So if you are getting things done in a record time. If you are able to produce excellent  results from a project. You also have somebody else to be thanked other than yourself.

This is just one example related to programming world but the same holds for all the other fields. Faster information dissemination, the way we  communicate and the ultra modern ubiquitous technology has enabled the modern day human beings much beyond our imagination and simply changed the way we live. Let us toast the technology and all those who made a better life possible.
This post was a part of my drafts from a long time. Since today is the 40th birthday of the Internet, so I thought this would be the best time to post this . 40 yrs ago on 2nd Sept 1969, the first test packets were exchanged on two computers in University of California. This eventually led to the birth of the Internet and the rest as they say is history.
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4 thoughts on “Standing on Giant shoulders

  1. A very well written and an informative article Sapna…Keep going & yeah thanks to the internet we all are connected. People & information across the globe all within our reach.

    PS: Guess, through yr post I can wish Internet a very Happy 40th B’day 🙂

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