Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Cursed To Be A Newbie Forever

If you’re in middle school today, the technologies your future job relies on don’t yet exist. Typewriters, casettes, pagers, “dumb” phones—all relics of the past. 

Programmers understand the advancement of technology better than anyone.

As new languages hop into the market, older languages get shoved aside, forcing programmers to start from scratch.

Constant change also makes its way into the everyday. Instagram, for example, tweaks its interface almost every year. Every update presses people to relearn the app.

Gone are the days where you can master one tool and be done with it.

To secure or raise your value in the job market, you can’t be good with one technology—you must be good with Technology.

Any new programme or doohickey that becomes the norm must be learned in an instant.

Learning fast is how you stay competitive.

So where do you start?

Because unlike memorising the alphabet, there are too many technologies to master. 

Techno-literacy, as futurist Kevin Kelly calls it, is a knack for technology as a whole rather than a single tool. So instead of specifics, you want to know the principles that support the system of technology.

The principles Kevin Kelly stands by:

  • Despite its gifts, every new technology has a downside. It’s your responsibility to know the costs.
  • Because technologies progress so fast, you only want to buy a new app or thingamajig at the latest possible moment. The second you buy your widget, it’s outdated.
  • Be skeptical of overly protected technology. Good instruments can be modded or hacked.
  • A bad technology is an opportunity to make a better one. Don’t ban it, replace it with something better.
  • Every machine or app is coloured by its inventor’s intentions. What else can you use it for?
  • The older a tool, the more likely it will stick around.
  • Maximize your results with as few technologies as possible.
  • Long before you master a new gadget or programme, it will be obsolete. You’re cursed to be a newbie, get used to it.
By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach