Are You Rethinking Your Approach To Technology?

Are You Rethinking Your Approach To Technology?

Are You Rethinking Your Approach To Technology?

For an individual to understand new technology, they must first reinvent their own ways. Only then will they have developed the clear understanding necessary to leverage this new technology in their daily life. The world of new technology is moving faster than we can individually comprehend or grasp.” – Robin Chase (Board Member/ Founders of Zipcar)

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So many businesses have embraced the benefits of innovation. The “evolutionary” nature of our work is essentially dependent on the speed at which technology evolves. Bill Gates, for instance, spent the first two decades of his career building products that affected his insecurities in the public eye. Today, he is regarded as one of the most influential people in technology, and he does so because he looks at the latest developments with an open mind. Innovation requires individuals to look at the world with new eyes. Why do we believe that technology is moving faster than we can internally handle? Here are some reasons:

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The pace of change–collaboration is a constant. As a society, we are all connected. Within a two-minute drive from my home in the city of San Diego, I can watch numerous children play at a youth soccer practice. I will be connected to that child before I fully trust their ability to keep me safe on the highway. Connectivity will become a prerequisite for information that we process and use today. The connection to my technology is no longer separate–we are all connected at the same time. Technology is a reality that all aspects of our lives are reliant on. We just have to decide whether or not we want to treat it as such.

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Our relationship with the technology is a new one that will require us to learn together–from home and workplace. When faced with a technology dilemma, it’s time to look past the binary choice of “The iPhone is faster than the old one” or “The model that’s newer has better features”. We must understand both sides of the coin–the positive and negative benefits and disadvantages of the latest advancements. As a society, we must slow down and ask the right questions that keep us on our toes. This is the only way we will embrace this faster pace of change.

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When I choose to do something new in my life, I encounter information and learn about the processes that went into making the decision. It’s all about rewriting your current ways of thinking, and realizing that you do not have a firm grasp on the process. In a New York Times piece called “How Faster is Faster?” Robin Chase cites another powerful quote that said: “Innovation requires individuals to look at the world with new eyes.” We have reached a place of a greater level of “unlearning”, and the constant resistance to change that is created by our reliance on technology is preventing us from embracing the benefits that technology can bring. Change was never a goal; it was always a byproduct of development. The faster we can get our heads around new concepts, the greater opportunity for innovation. Today, innovators have a larger selection of resources to help them create new ideas, and we must take advantage of this. Our accessibility to knowledge has never been greater, and the stakes are too high to live our lives based on little more than fear. Once we begin to understand the process of developing new technologies, we are free to trust them with our ideas and develop them in a fashion that will positively impact the world. – Chelsea Maner is the CEO of Connectivity Powered Media (CPMedia), a company specializing in providing technology-enabled solutions for entrepreneurs and growth startups.

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