The debate on Technology: Is it good or does it make you un-creative?


By Yatamanyu Narain

Technology does not necessarily kill creativity, but can in fact enhance it, if properly used, according to speakers a panel discussion at the ThinkEdu Conclave organised by The New Indian Express. The talk was chaired by Malvika Banerjee, Director, Kolkata Literary Meet.

Taran Singh, founder of Melvano that is considered to be LinkedIn for IIT aspirants, started out by saying that though technology in today’s age is important, too much indulgence is certainly harmful.

“Mark Twain once said too much of anything is bad untill and unless it’s whiskey. Similarly, if we totally depend on technology and if we think we’ll find everything online, then that makes brainstorming and innovation impossible. ” Singh Said

Emphasizing upon the good sides of the technology, he stated thar videogames like Pubg and Minecraft helps individuals by increasing their visual spatial ability and problem solving skills. Therefore, balanced consumption of technology is the way to go.

Prof. Pushpesh Pant, former professor of JNU marvelled at the merits of technology over the demerits.

“We are homo technus. Invention of fire was a technological discovery. Thus according to me technology helps broadening the horizon. You can either use it for creative purposes or misuse it for something bad. It’s the choice of the user. ” said Pant.

Banerjee presented her own point of view of technology by illustrating three different examples. She mentioned that during Kolkata lit fest, due to parking issues, people were not able to attend the sessions. But with the help of live broadcasting, even people from Norway were learning about Bengali poets.

“Every aspect of life can be enhanced by technology. Quite recently, there was a handloom exhibition where different kinds of weaving stores were exhibiting their product. After the event, backstrap loon weavers produced very similar Guatemalan design on a Saree. When I asked them how they were able to pull this off, they simply told me that they went on the internet and through Facebook connected with those weavers and learnt it online. That’s the beauty of technology. It reduces distance between people, ” Banerjee said.

Mayank Kumar, Co-Founder of Upgrad said that whenever a new technology emerges, we get cautioned and we question it and eventually we get use to it. Instead of fearing technology, people should be celebrating it.

“Because of internet, information consumption has become easy. There are over 3-4 billion google searches per day, over 30-40 million Wikipedia pages. People are able to share knowledge in a better and comprehensive way. It has reduced the menace of plagirism. I don’t find anything detrimental in that, ” he added

Jayaram Komati, Special Representative for North America, AP government, shared about his experience when he first moved to USA in 1980. The mode of communication was telegram and trunk calls even in a forward country like North America.

“The time has changed and we live in a technological world. I live in San Fransisco where half a million Indians work in the silicon valley. Technology can be used in so many different ways if only we implement it the right way. With the help of Andhra Pradesh government, I’ve been able to digitize 3600 schools and have given tools to children that can help them discover their creative impulses. Today a class 3rd student can create a website and a class 10th student can create an app all with the boom of technology. ” he said

The session concluded with everyone agreeing that creativity comes in different shapes and sizes. It is very subjective. As for technology, it is not the technology itself but its implementation that determines whether it is making someone creative or un-creative.