Technology can be difficult at times. The media glorifies technological innovations as if they were infallible and the nothing could possibly be wrong with them. However, there are a host of issues that can spur up as you try to learn or adopt a new technology.
I have recently experienced with Bitcoin and with Microsoft BI. With the former I have seen the effects of tech literacy on me and my parents. Take me, I grew up when the Internet as we know it today was up and coming and we became fully iterate in social media, doing work on our computers, as well as begginning to interact with Internet of Things, such as smartphones! Currently I work as an analyst at a massive tech company that pays us to do tech work and continuously amplify our tech skills. One of these areas is blockchain. Additionally, I consider myself an actively literate person, always reading, researching, or communicating. Meanwhile, my dad did not have any of these scenarios growing up and neither does he now.
Therefore, when it comes to investing some of his hard earned extra money on Bitcoin, I am his link into this tricky world of tech. I credit my exposure working at a technology consulting firm that has exposed me to varies ways of understanding what block chain is, but with such a complex topic, more questions always emerge than answers. Therefore, I continue to engage myself, others, and my dad into conversations about literacy on the topic as well as gaining a keen technical understanding coming from practice at work and having some of the right connections.
Today, I was playing around with Power BI. When I first launched a youtube video explaining this new tool to me, I felt kind of like my dad, anxiously staring at a new tool that not only should I learn to use for my own knowledge and transferable skills but also to apply it at my job, in a higher stake situation. Therefore, it is imperative that I practice, learn more about the tool, and continue to apply it. Today, I managed to make several charts visualizing my data and ultimately beginning to give me the confidence I need to tackle technology to teach myself and leverage the power of information in unforeseen ways.