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My son who is soon three and a half years old and has just learned to speak in full sentences this autumn and can't count properly without missing out number three (in Swedish that is, in German he's doing alright), just stumped me completely today when he showed me that he was able to read maps.
How probable is that on a scale?
Or is it just me that's having too low expectations?
In a way it is scary to see what is happening to the youngest generation who are exposed to all of the modern devices without any background explaining what processes the devices replaced and the problems they solved. Brings to mind some of Asimov's short stories.
Scary? Not realy.
My grandparents likely went through the same with widespread electric lighting - flick the switch and there you are, just ignore the power stations and distribution systems behind it all.
My parents the same with the widespread car ownership.
Ourselves TV probably.
The 20~30 group today expect (and get) a level of communications that would have required miracles and unbelievably deep pockets when I was their age.
The access to computing that the toddlers of today have will bring forth it's own future: hopefully we will understand enough of it to cope!