Do Not Lose The Power of Touch Typing Despite AI APIs

by Mike Levin

Friday, July 22, 2022

The ability to actually do a thing is often looked down upon, due either to jealousy or a classist attitude, neither of which are good reasons to not learn how to do a thing.

It’s better to lean how to do a thing and be looked down upon by those who can not than it is to inhibit yourself for their approval or acceptance. So go learn! Go do!

Or stay right here to learn and do, because in the modern Information Age, actualizing can be done remarkably comfortably at a terminal with a keyboard. This is a fundamental ability in life that should not be lost on modern youth because of the popularity of smartphones and their onscreen thumb-keyboards and voice recognition.

Much power comes from learning how to touch type and then by getting good at it through practice over time.

Touchscreens work against full-speed muscle memory due to their shifting layouts. If you want to get better at something over time that relies greatly on little-changing interfaces, a standard keyboard for typing is one of history’s great examples. Another example of long-unchanging interfaces in tech is driving. One must master a series of hand or foot moves to result in control of a machine that should operate like an extension of your body.

There is a certain oneness with tools this soon ends up being about. It is where much of the “love for a thing” actually resides. Because tools are like extensions of our body, and the innovations of new ones are incorporated into our very being, one must make their taking-up, study and mastery into an important topic. Life’s too short to take up the wrong tools too often, and only all the more so if they’re not your vibe.

Your essential inner vibe is the music of you as expressed first by your hardware. This is a certain unlikely arrangement of encoded data that is deeply interdependent with the system capable of “running the code”. When your code starts running, you are a floating mass of dividing cells. Even after birth you are so helpless you can’t even hold your own head up for a few weeks.

This made you very vulnerable once, yet this vulnerability does not define you. In due course of life, you’ve taken control of your own life, at least enough so to define yourself. There’s major philosophical splits in humanity here over this. I believe that once you’re truly self-aware, you control enough of your own experiences that you can override the “default” paths and plot some new and a sometimes surprising ones. Much in life that makes it worth living comes from overriding the cocksure-ness of super determinism. I mean, who could have seen everything coming?

Social mammals such as us start out very trusting not out of choice. Our parents, colony or tribe have had to have made the choice to keep you alive. Now you’re alive under your own volition, but how scary is that? You’re part of a system whose stability comes wholly from the ability of one generation to hand things down from one generation to the encryption. Can you imagine the “whisper down the lane” drift?

How much that is just taken for granted by one generation was the “landing in the moon” miracle to the prior generation. It’s that way with smartphones and the Internet today. These are like Harry Potter magic wands suddenly introduced into our lives. Our mundane Muggle-world is now itself magical.

Todays youth expect quality voice recognition built into mobile touchscreen keyboards, which are increasingly their main way of interacting with technology. I mean who even needs to even be in front of a larger screen with a keyboard anyway? The augmented and virtual reality interfaces of tomorrow go a similar way as mobile, because while haptics and chambers could enhance the VR experience, it doesn’t rival always being in you like mobile is today.

While there is some truth to this statement, why what for for increasingly parental AIs to take over just to avoid developing a highly useful skill? That’s like arguing to stay a baby.

Category: Technology & Life Observations