Technology alone is not enough

Posted on 06 Jan 2018 18:56 in Personal
by Siddharth Deshmukh

This year I wish to learn how to use art and humanity in our software.

Siddharth with Bhavna, Sr. Software Engineer at Shimbi Labs Culture Day


This year I wish to learn how to use art and humanity in our software.


Shimbi Labs always done best in engineering, our products are sound in technology, and they are super cool functionally. They carry decent UI/UX as well. But I think users today need far beyond than just functionality and technologically sound products. Today they need a product which can communicate and engage with users, provide suggestions and handhold them.


We need to do more. So much more.


In Steve Jobs words "Technology Alone Is Not Enough."



Today, the world feels more anxious and divided than ever before. Competition is at a cutthroat level; even the business community is suffering from abuse and hate. Businesses are struggling to defend themselves against interference from national states who wish to make pawns out of them! 


I wouldn’t be much mistaken to state that most enterprises are losing their sense of Humanity, for all they want to do is to sell and increase their profit curve. It is disheartening to observe that our sense of aestheticism is rapidly declining, where the focus falls on introducing more features than reducing the stress level of consumers. 


We at Shimbi Labs, wish to ensure that the time spent on Shimbi Labs' products is stress-free and well spent with a sense of contentment. 


My personal challenge for 2018 is to focus on learning how to use humanity and art in our products, so they feel more like interacting with other humans who care. I aim to learn a lot about human psychology and the changing ways in which humans are interacting with technology. This is all the more important at a time when AI and Robots are threatening to replace humans in many jobs. 


Today people are experiencing different types of stress and anxieties which they have never experienced in the past. We as a software company, which is touching millions of life, must fix this important issue. We can't fix everything, but we can definitely put a foot in making our software kinder, better, and less stressful. 


I am optimistic, to say the least, that the more I learn about human psychology, humanity, and art, I can help solve some of these problems when people use our products. I look forward to bringing together a panel of experts to discuss and help work through these topics.


For example, the most challenging question we are facing today with the advancement of technology is how close devices can go to a human being. In many ways proved possible, we are already talking about creating Artificial Brains, and putting NanoTech components into human bodies. So, if everything were to get automated, then what common people will do? What kind of new job opportunities will they have? How will they cop up with this (drastic) change? How will they train new generations to come?


But I firmly believe that the answers lie in humanity, liberal arts, and technology in abstracting just the right amount of these into our lives to maintain the cycle of balance. 


I'm interested in going deeper and studying the positive and negative aspects of everything and in using technologies for the betterment of not just humans but all beings. 


This will be a serious year of self-improvement, and I look forward to learning from all of you.


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