Well, you may wonder what this title hides behind and what an article like this does on a website about Linux and free software. Well the answer is simple, I will try to explain how the minds of developers work and designers who work at Apple and how they have affected the Android project and humanity, being able to be well deserving of the Ig Nobel Prizes for anti-contributions to humanity. But if you will allow me, I am going to start by explaining something quite interesting that has been released in recent days about how technology affects our intelligence.
Technology is certainly good for humansIf not, this blog and others would be meaningless. I love technology and am a huge advocate for it, but there is a certain technology that is made, excuse me for the expression, "fool-proof" by underestimating the brainpower of its users. I will repeat it throughout this article, I do not attack the users who use it, but those who create it. The issue of usability and intuitive environments is fine, but to a certain extent, since if you go too easy, technology can become a weapon against humans and cease to be a tool for their benefit.
You have heard that Google has affected our ability to memorize, since we no longer need to remember so many things, we simply look for them in the famous search engine ... And other diseases have also appeared derived from the use we make of technology. Well, what was going on, the environments and software that go from usability and ease of use, such as Apple's, may be affecting our intellectual capacity, they prevent us from having to think and complicate our lives, and yes, this can be uncomfortable, but sometimes trying pays off big.
Some time ago I was able to read an article that stated that users of various operating systems had been analyzed to see your computer skills and the order was as follows: BSD and other * nix, GNU / Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It is not surprising that the order of knowledge matches the order of difficulty, from more complicated to simpler. It's not that more capable users use Unix and less powerful ones use OS X (which may also be the case), but maybe classic * nix users (not counting OS X) have had to struggle with their machines. to install or configure your computer, while those of OS X or Windows simply by pressing a click and have everything done ... Therefore, the former will have learned more than those that have been given so easily.
Everyone knows that practicing with something makes you assimilate the concepts in a much deeper way and permanent that if you read, visualize or listen to it. How many things that you have memorized in school do you remember and how many things that you have practiced do you remember? And going back to the title, Apple developers make attractive, very usable and extremely simple designs, which can sometimes even underestimate the intelligence of their users. Linus Torvalds already said it: «If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it«. To what I am going, it is good that there is simple technology for the elderly or digital immigrants that costs them more to learn than digital natives, but, I insist, up to a point.
And now we go with the consequences of «Everything intuitive and everything easy, without effort, without thinking ...», a study carried out with students from prestigious universities such as Harvard, MIT, etc., has revealed that more than 50% (and in other universities it exceeds 80%) of the students were unable to solve a simple problem: «A ball and a baseball bat cost a total of $ 1,10. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? The answer is that the ball costs $ 0.05, since the bat would cost $ 1,05. This is worrying and it seems that technology is turning off our intellectual capacity in a certain way, just as certain primitive abilities have ceased to be in the human being due to evolution, technology, which is part of this evolution, seems to be disabling the mental capacity. Technology thinks for us!
And what does Android have to do with all this? Well simple, Mac OS X is a registered UNIX, but perhaps UNIX, or rather its philosophy, is little left. The core of Mac OS X is XNU, a hybrid that combined Mach 2.5 and BSD 4.3 (although it was later replaced with FreeBSD code). Apple's philosophy did not match that of these systems in terms of usability. They have provided them with a graphical interface and automated tools so extremely simple and attractive that they have forgotten the essence and worst, they have destroyed their potential in pursuit of ease of use. FreeBSD is powerful, Mac OS X is capped, tied down, restricted, ...
What happens with Android is something similar, despite being based on a Linux kernel, Android is probably the system of this type that suffers the most from malware and security problems, in addition to being a system that without root is too inflexible. It has lost all that Linux essence that it should enjoy, and everything in favor of creating a system with great usability and simple so that anyone with a finger can configure, use and do whatever it allows you. And no wonder, since The idea of Android came from the mind of an Apple worker, as Steve Wozniak clarified, and thus brought this mindset to Google. The result? A successful product like Apple's, but ...
Please, I insist, Apple users are not offended. And this could be transferred to Android as I say and to other systems such as Windows or even to certain free projects. It is not about attacking or calling users idiots, the problem lies with its creators, Apple (and the creators of Android in this case), not its users who are only victims….