Lessons from a Machine

Computers are changing how we work, interact, communicate, and think. Total computer usage has exponentially increased in the last two decades and there are numerous theories about how brain wiring and attention spans are changing as a result. We sit for longer periods of time than ever before and the workday is now 24/7 instead of 9-to-5. Stress-related pains in the shoulders and eyes, as well as overall poor posture habits, appear epidemic.

Sounds like bad news for the human race, doesn’t it?

While we may not feel very balanced given the amount of time required to maintain computer obligations, there is actually something fundamental to how a computer functions that is a perfect lesson in balance.

I am talking about input and output.

For a computer to operate, it must utilize input and output for processing and interfacing. Input mechanisms include the keyboard, trackpad, microphone, scanners, or touch screens. Output mechanisms include the monitor, printer, or sound output. If a computer only had input devices, there would only be a one-way path for data into the computer. We would never see information, hear music, or print out pictures to share. If a computer only had output devices, we would be staring at a blank screen, sitting in silence. Both input and output are required for the health and purpose of the computer world. Both are essential.

How does input and output teach us about balance in our human world? We require nourishment and can inspire acts of sharing. Giving and receiving.  Offering and accepting. Even an observation of the breath in and out demonstrates how our own wiring is designed for this exchange.

If everyone were to focus on balancing essential human interactions, wouldn’t that be good news for the human race?

– TaraMarie Perri

One Response to “Lessons from a Machine”
  1. Samantha says:

    Great article! I also think that computers are changing us – physically I mean, and we should learn how to balance. Our children’s world of technology looks even more scary, because they gradually lose touch to reality and spend most of their time in front of their computers.

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