Let’s solve some problems

Born in 1912, Alan Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist.[1] Even though he was great at his fields, Turing’s name became famous after the movie made about his contribution during World War II. He, and some fellow code-breakers created “The Bombe,” a code-breaking device.

Thanks to this machine, Alan Turing and the others managed to solve the German coding instrument, the enigma. This helped the allied forces to win the second World War over Germany, and at the same time, saved millions of innocent people’s life. It is estimated that his work ended two years earlier and prevented the death of 14 million people.

Figure 1 https://www.winkle-picker.com/an-object-a-day-20-turings-bombe/

Until now, humanity always invented machines that made life easier for them. When a problem was too difficult to be solved by a human, the human produces a device that will resolve the issue for him. Do not get me wrong, this is not a bad thing at all; in order to evolve, to move on, to improve life, humanity needs to continue to invent new machines or devices.

Thanks to inventions, humankind made tremendous progress, some of them brought destruction, and others were invented for the benefit of all.

The question is: In Today’s world where technology and machines are easily accessible by everybody, do we rely too much on the devices that were invented to improve the quality of our life, on the machines that will make life easier for us?

Alan Turing invented The Bombe because Enigma was too complicated or too complex for the human brain. But, in our period, we rely immediately on the machines to solve problems for us, even when they are not complicated. It became a habit for most people not to try to find the answer or the solution by themselves; they automatically count on their machines.

- One of the examples to see if we are too dependent on machines/technology or not is if we use a calculator even for a simple calculation, then we check for one of the signs for technology dependence.

In my opinion, being too dependent of machines and technology could lead to a lack of adaptability and rational thinking. If we don’t train our brains to solve problems, if simply we don’t think by ourselves for solutions, we will lose one of our most incredible aptitude, which is the ability to solve problems by searching, trying, experimenting, …

We always say that we need to work out and do exercises to stay healthy, but our brains also need to be trained. To do that, we don’t need to solve complicated mathematical problems or complex codes; all we can do is do some jigsaw puzzles or some brain teasers.

There are multiple profits of doing these activities:

- Improves the attention to the details

- Improves the memory

- Increase the IQ

- Increase the productivity

- Improve the problem-solving ability,[2]

Figure 2 https://www.siammandalay.com/blogs/puzzles/the-5-most-difficult-wooden-puzzles-and-3d-brain-teasers-for-adults

In conclusion, there is no doubt that the machines and the technology will always be present in our life, they will help humanity to move forward, but we cannot depend on them all the time.

Sometimes, we need to rely on old methods to improve ourselves and not to stay stuck in the present.



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