When I was a child if we didn’t understand what somebody was saying we would use the phrase “it’s all Greek to me”. Quite frankly that phrase should be changed to “it’s all Geek to me”!
Now it is quite possible that simply by my use of the word ‘Geek’ I am placing myself in a particular category: old fogey! I’m kidding! I’m still young at heart. It’s the rest of the world that has moved on and left me behind. Once upon a time being called a geek was an insult. Now it’s a badge of honour. For you see it is the geeks of the world who understand how it all bloody well works! And quite frankly most of us aren’t smart enough to be geeks. But I’m learning.
There is a different language out there in the world that has no connection to a country or to a culture. But perhaps that is its culture, it’s supreme being, its master: the computer. There are those who excel at the use of this entity that was originally made by man. It has been given life by its users. Are you afraid yet?
Our world is not run by computers. Our world is run by a chip. A chip. A small device that 99% of the world don’t understand. It’s a micro chip. Micro meaning small. There’s one in your phone, your car, your TV, the list is endless. Hospitals could not survive without their computers and so their chips. Our financial mountains would collapse into dust without their chips. Chips. Such a silly little word. And what happens when there is no power. I love this part.
No power, no computers, no chips. Those of you who are in your 40s and older would probably complain bitterly about the state of the world with no power and then get on with living in. Under 40, this is a horrible generalization, but most of you don’t how to make fire. Can you add without a calculator? I once built an abacus. I could even make it work.
I am pleased that there are those out there speaking Geek brilliantly. I am pleased that the world does seem to be evolving, mostly, in the right direction. But I do worry about our almost pathological reliance on a chip. Technology has become a tether not a tool.
As for those chips? In England I would like them with a little malt vinegar. In Canada I would like them crispy with a side of gravy. Or salt and vinegar in a bag. My chips are edible!