I wrote an essay today and i thought to share it with you guys to get your responses. Feel free to post your critiques. I am open to any kind of suggestions.
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“Anyone can make things better and more complex. What requires real effort and courage is to move in the opposite direction – in other words, to make things as simple as possible.”
Today, we are in the world that has advanced in various multitudes of dimensions – and more significantly, in technological aspects. We have a broader knowledge base today, the society is more complex and even the problems that we are facing are inherently becoming complex each day. This has eventually led us to think and behave in a more complex manner. I would completely agree with the stated issue that it is rather intuitive to make things complex in an attempt to make it better and takes a real effort as well as courage to make things as simple as possible.
What could serve as a better example than the software world? Even a cursory look into the software advancements would show us many instances where the challenge has remained to build the world’s most simple and efficient tools. For instance, anyone who is aware of programming can build up an embedded system with a programmed microchip embedded into home appliances. However, what really is more challenging is the way the microchip is programmed and not just about its functionality. A microchip that has been programmed with minimum of lines of code, with minimum memory requirements and simplest of logics clearly outwits another similar microchip that performs the same task but with more complex overheads and logic. The same concept applies to any other software tool such as a user-interface. Even in this case, to create a simple user-interface, the engineers normally tend to enforce complexity in their programming code as they lack a strong logic. What is more challenging and requires effort is a simple logic and programming code to build the same user-interface. It is only the people who have put a real effort to move in the opposite direction to make things as simple as possible who have set revolutions and trends in the technological advancements. Platform independent and language independent tools and web-applications are the best examples from today’s world.
Yet other remarkable advancements could be seen in the making of robots for extra terrestrial applications and other industrial purposes. Scientists have pondered into years of research to create that one best robot that could emulate a human being as nearly as possible. The most complex challenge they faced earlier was in incorporating mobility into these robots. Though they were successful in making the robots move but these extreme machines became too complex when other functionalities such as identifying obstacles in their path, making intelligent decisions like facing enemies etc were programmed into them. In this process, the robots faced a nervous breakdown easily with more and more neurons built into them. The major factor that probably led to the failure could be because the scientists took a digital approach during all their days of research. There was one scientist (I don’t remember his name but I saw his interview in the Discovery) who decided to go back and start everything from the scratch. He built a simple robot using the basic electronic transistors and analog concepts that served as his first prototype. Thereafter the entire perspective in building robots became revolutionized. And now we have robots that can travel spaces for hundreds of years without a slightest of human support. This was only possible because of a handful of scientists who had the real courage and boldness to think in a different direction than other conventional research workers.
Thus in conclusion, I reiterate what I affirmed in the beginning that it certainly takes a whole lot of courage and effort to think in an opposite direction of making the best things in the simplest way possible. In fact, a majority of research is being done not in making new things but creating the existing things in a much simple manner.
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