incrediBILL - 10:22 pm on May 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
It took thousands of years to achieve hieroglyphics used by the Egyptians. They didn't just wake up one morning with a large vocabulary or words in common usage, with associated symbols, and stone masons capable of engraving them in massive monuments built using advanced math and engineering skills. **
My point is we're working hard to unravel a basic skill that has obviously been a cornerstone of human civilization to the point our grandchildren won't know what to do with pens and pencils and a fountain pen would blow their mind and might do so of the current generation as my schoolmates found them off the wall so who knows.
Anyway, if we as a race get to the point that if the grid goes down and there's no battery backup, hopefully the web will be all self-contained running off solar to prevent such a catastrophe, that writing a simple order in a diner would be beyond their skills, let alone writing a book using paper vs. the computer, or taking notes without a tablet.
FYI, I didn't mean '(pûr-fikt)' as in flawless, I meant 'per-fekt' as in bring to completion as we've just gotten it to a really useful point.
** A fun point I've made since a kid recently proven correct that there had to be other advanced archaeological finds out there that seriously predates the Egyptians just now being found because the math and engineering needed in Egypt obviously took thousands of years to evolve and the archeologists are finally finding things that proved what was obvious to a 10 year old. Neener neener. See Gobekli Tepe as one example: [smithsonianmag.com...] and it's obvious those stone cutting skills were around quite some time, so you can easily pre-date the skills needed a thousand or more years. Not to mention they've found 30K year old settlements underwater off the coast of various continents that disappeared when the ice age ended and the melting ice covered them in 30' of water. Do the math, problem is it's mostly likely under water, all fodder for another thread.