I was watching the care and attention being lavished by a very ‘professional’ barista at my breakfast cafe this morning and started to feel exasperated once again by humanity.
What a terrible waste of human potential and fine motor skills. Are we losing these skills as part of the digital revolution? It’s great to churn out a million faultless accurate digital clocks on the production line every few days but when compared to the complexity and skill of the watchmaker have we lost too much?
Is there not something we should be doing to enhance our dexterity and fine construction skills? Are robotics and micro drone construction where these skills might grow? Fine nanotechnology construction or is it simply too fine for human fingers. Will robots once again appear on the job front?
While it is understandable that we lose skills as we progress through waves of innovation but what values did the typesetter, the stonemason, the blacksmith bring to our understanding that we can no longer support? Of course not all is lost with jewelers and electronic technicians continuing their trades.
Oh well, something more for me to ponder while praising the attentive barista for his skill (and suggest he might like to be a surgeon)!