Flying the helicopter, part 1

There is a moment in “The Matrix” that jumps out at me. It’s when they need to fly a helicopter and Neo asks Trinity if she knows how to pilot a chopper.

Her reply is “Not yet.” Then she has her team quickly download this expert knowledge into her mind, and off they go.

It has occurred to me that this is an apt metaphor for the power assist we get from any information technology, whether past, present or future. It started with the very first legible scratchings on a cave wall. That’s when people began to be able to store knowledge outside their brains, to be retrieved later by someone else.

More tomorrow.

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