Machinery is aggressive

Writing in Society and Solitude in 1870, Emerson makes an important point about our use of tools:

Machinery is aggressive. The weaver becomes a web, the machinist a machine. If you don’t use the tools, they use you.

Emerson

In his time, people only had steam power, whereas we now have computational abilities that far exceed the average person’s understanding.

I stand by what I said back in 2013 about kids needing to learn some basic programming skills so that they get to practise thinking computationally. Without those skills, I think, we’re at the mercy of machines and machine learning. And, of course, those that program them.