Are kids being born smarter today? I am sitting here watch my just turned two year old navigate a tablet like a pro, only occasionally yelling because she gets stuck. Isn't that amazing?
For instance, lets give a caveman or even a more recent figure like Leonardo da Vinci or Cesare Borgia a tablet. Would they be able to navigate it and understand it with the precision that my two year old does instantly? I'm sure da Vinci could, but how much of a learning curve would there be? How long would it take him to master the basic concepts and functionality. Even my daughter knows when the screen goes dim its time to charge it, how easily could somebody from 1,000 years ago understand the concept of charging and electricity in relation to tablet functions?
I look at my nine year old and he hadto learn how to use a tablet or a cell phone much as I had trouble switching from a dump phone to a touch screen smart phone back in 2005 (Windows Mobile 5.0 anyone?). While my tech savvy son got a hold of it quick, it seems that my two year old was born with those skills and as she advances will probably eventually beat out my older son.
Being born in the 80's, I understood how a lot of things work and they just became part of my life. They were there from the beginning for me in my life. Just as my parents had to learn how to use a television, a computer, the Internet, and now mobile devices, today's children are being brought up with those items as their natural surrounding.
What does this mean? I think it is the easiest way to point out that humans retain knowledge and pass it on through generations. As we advance our children advance and are not very primitive at all. We do not have to reinvent the wheel for each child that is born, but yet only give a simple explanation of why it works and the child would understand where as if you gave the same explanation to a full grown adult before the wheel was invented they would not understand you at all.
This might be considered common knowledge to some, but really take a minute to think about it. I find it truly amazing of what the human race, mind, and DNA are capable of doing. I for one cannot wait to see what the future holds.
Is it time for America to add to our most sacred document, the Constitution? The Bill of Rights was added a few years after the Declaration of Independence in the year 1791. The last amendment to the Constitution was done in 1992, which interestingly enough took 202 years to be ratified. All the changes and additions were done well before the consumer digital age that we are now living in. Thus I must ask, is it time for a "Digital Bill of Rights"?
The Constitution is vague enough to where we can use it to interpret the laws even in today's complex world. For most things, I am OK with that, but my problem with tech is that much of this is new ground. We are essentially allowing the courts, whether it be a single judge or a panel of judges decide what our rights are. That is not how our country should operate which is why there were a Bill of Rights created in the first place.
Courts have ruled that suspects can be required to unlock cell phones even with biometric security as recent as this past November. Also if a cell phone is unlocked, it can also be searched by police, no warrant is needed. We have a law under the current Bill of Rights that protect us against unlawful searches and our right to privacy. As you can see, the roughly 215 year document is failing us in the court of law to protect our most private devices. Cell phones these days have everything, banking information, email, texts, contacts, and much more all in the hands of your local law enforcement.
Then there is the issue of Internet traffic in general. The very first right in my new proposed "Digital Bill of Rights" should be that "All traffic is created equal". Why? Well because all traffic is created equal, traffic is traffic and there should be no backroom deals or preferential treatment of traffic. If I pay my ISP $xx a month for Internet service, then it should not matter where I go, I should have fast, unfettered Internet.
There are probably about eight more rights that we could discuss on my proposed "Digital Bill of Rights", but I will leave the door open for your thoughts and opinions. As long as privacy and traffic are covered, I think that is a great start and a must be for any scenario. We just cannot keep allowing our rights to get determined by judges. It needs to be determined and ratified by the people. I wish we had a politician that would stand up for the people and start such a bill.
David Strausser is a graduate of Penn State. He holds a degree in Information Sciences and Technology and is currently seeking another degree in Business.