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Extension of the senses

“I believe the computer is the most significant tool invented, as it is unique in mechanizing part of the process of learning and understanding, or at least giving us that potential. All other tools have been extensions of muscles and limbs, whereas the computer is an extension of the brain, and it is that which we make of it.” This is a beautiful quote by the late Erik Naggum and makes perfect sense (at least to me).

Now read this post by Austin Seraphin in which he explains how an iPhone changed his life. And read every word of it because it is a poignant account of a life changing event in someone’s life. And then, maybe you’ll realize that how a computer or a smart-phone (which are more like computers these days) is also an extension of the senses. At lease it is to some people.

Many +(s) to Apple for making something so useful for so many people. I don’t have many praises for Apple only because of their iron-fisted ways and because of their earlier decision to only allow programs written in Objective-C to be salable on their App Store (though now, thankfully, they’ve reversed it) but I couldn’t stop praising them this time though 🙂

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