Imagine learning a new skill or ability to mimic a computer’s process: you download the information into your brain, and… that’s it! Now you have it: a newly learned skills package. A minute ago you had no idea how to play chess, but in the next minute you internalize the game’s rules, tips, and strategies – all you need now is a chess board and someone to play with.
This sounds like technology I would love to have access to – it would be so helpful with learning a new language, reading and analyzing a novel, or cramming a semester’s worth of econometrics right before the final exam!
Well, the good news is that the ability to do this already exists today – the difference is that while we ideally want the hard work done for us (the part that requires us to actively think and learn), we instead have access to this hub of information waiting to be learned. In order to learn new “skills packages,” they must be tapped into and actively absorbed by the brain.
And you’ve probably guessed it! I’m talking about the internet and all its information available to us.
This summer, I personally took advantage of free access to the Bloomberg Market Concepts course that provides a foundation in financial markets, and also Google’s free Fundamentals of Digital Marketing course. Both came with certificates (and a sense of accomplishment) upon completion.
At the start of the year I wasn’t too confident in my ability to absorb course material online, but a few months later, my brain adapted to this format of absorbing and “downloading” information from the internet. I further internalized the message that there is always room for learning and it’s never too late to equip yourself with new skills and knowledge.
And maybe with all the learning you do, you can eventually become the one taking this technology to the next level, where humans can one day learn at the speed of computers!
Until that day comes where technology enables rapid and passive absorption of information from an external source to the brain, we can boost our ability to actively absorb and learn from the massive amount of information available to us now.