How quickly can you access the exact piece of information that you need at any given moment? How easy is it to harness the experiences and knowledge of others and incorporate them into your own schema?
I’ve been thinking a bit about why some people care so much about operating system upgrades, and I think the answer is so simple as to be elusive:
For those who use computers to enhance their own abilities to learn and grow, an operating system upgrade equates to an upgrade of one’s own mental abilities. It’s all about improving your ability to create, absorb, manipulate, and store ideas and information for easy retrieval.
A good way to think of this is like an AI brain implant in the future. Imagine you have an AI1000 that allows you to interface with Google just by thinking. But imagine that it takes a full 3 seconds and a lot of effort to get the implant to accept your request and go off to do your work.
Now imagine that the new AI5000 comes out that brings response times down from 3 seconds to .1 second, and it also allows you to incorporate the results in a much more integrated fashion (almost as if you produced the answer yourself).
That’s an upgrade.
It’s not just improving your implant, but rather your overall performance as an intellectual. And that’s what we’re doing with our current OS upgrades as well, just to a much lesser degree. That’s why upgrading your operating system matters; it’s because the operating system — even as disconnected as it is from us today — represents an extension of our overall abilities as thinkers and creators.: