Is Technology Smarter Than You?
Become Smarter Than Technology
Do you want to be smarter? Who doesn’t! We live In a knowledge economy that has begun to value skills and brain power like never before. The human ability to absorb and engage in constant learning is limitless; there is no cap on how much or how often we learn.
Humans combine an ever-evolving intelligence and a consciousness that cutting-edge technologies like AI will never have, and that sets us apart and ahead of smart technologies. Instead of fearing machine learning we need to understand that it will provide us with unparalleled data insights and automation technology that will transform our lives for the better. But what can we do to ensure that we continue to stay ahead of the curve? We can continue to dedicate ourselves to learning.
When was the last time you set aside time for new learning? Not only can learning something new accelerate your professional career, it will actually make you more intelligent. Can you put a price on your memory? It’s pretty invaluable, isn’t it? Your memory is a fundamental part of your identity and who you are – without a memory you’d be drifting in a sea of anonymity.
What if I told you that you can increase your brain capacity and improve your memory significantly? All you have to do is set aside 15 minutes every day to focus on new learning.
Your Brain and New Learning
Let’s take a look at what happens to your brain when you learn something new. When your brain processes a new skill or is digesting new knowledge it changes shape, delaying the process of brain ageing. Brain plasticity is the brain’s ability to reshape throughout a lifetime.
Contrary to many misinformed opinions, your brain will keep changing as long as you maintain new learning. The structure of the neurons or cells in your brain shift, and this movement increases the speed that your brain takes to send and receive information. Basically, the more you learn, the smarter you’ll become!
Improving Your Memory
If you want to build on your intelligence then why not get started on your 15 minutes of daily learning today? It doesn’t sound like much time, but it amounts to 100 hours per year. Imagine what you could achieve in that time, and this could be on your commute to work or a portion of your lunch break. Take a few minutes to think about a new skill that you wish you had, or a new topic you’ve been meaning to delve into, and start there.
A study conducted by neuroscientist Dr. Denise Parker wielded some fascinating results. This study involved teaching people in their seventies and eighties a new skill. Changes in memory were measured during this period of new learning and for one year after. The results showed that this period of learning improved the participants’ memories dramatically. Learning a short-term skill has long-lasting benefits and could defer cognitive ageing substantially.
The Knowledge Economy
In a knowledge economy, the benefits of intellectual capital outweigh monetary capital, making it more important than ever to invest in yourself. If you want to succeed professionally it’s important to upskill and align new learning with industry demands when possible. Between 2000 and 2010 5.6 million jobs disappeared; of these job losses 85% of them were a result of productivity growth – in other words, machines replaced human workers.
Learning a new skill can improve your professional and personal life in a number of ways. No matter what industry you’re in, new learning will increase your value as a professional. There are plenty of positive benefits to be gained from new learning; including improving communication skills, new career possibilities, alternative perspectives, meeting new people and networking with experts in a new field. Continuous learning is our key to upskilling and staying ahead of smart technologies.
Are you interested in learning new industry-aligned skills? Why not try our 5 Day Coding Challenge and see how new learning will improve your mind in 30 minutes.