Connecting things

Connecting things

Sometimes I think about my brain like its the internet. When I’m trying to figure things out  I often think “If only  I had a good search algorithm.” There’s just so much information in there that needs to be processed and combined. Sometimes it seems like creativity is just the ability to do a proper keyword search between two seemingly unrelated things in your brain and finding out where they overlap.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” ~ Steve Jobs

I went to a Dorkbot meeting a few weeks ago where Tiffany Shlain shared her films about connectedness, technology, and the interent. In her latest film she compares the internet to a child’s brain. I think my favorite nugget of advice for nurturing our collective internet brain is “Paying attention to what we’re paying attention to. Attention is the mind’s most valuable resource. Every interaction counts.”

There are still some loose ends here. This post feels very half-formed. But there is something here that is still waiting to get connected to something else. I’m just not entirely sure what yet…

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