Technology Doesn't Work Without Poetry
Don’t abandon state of the heart for state-of-the-art.
Peter Guber is the Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, the owner and Co-Executive Chairman of the Golden State Warriors, a professor at UCLA, and an accomplished Hollywood film producer. He is also the author of the recently released book, Tell to Win. Guber's films, which include Rain Man, Batman, The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, The Witches of Eastwick, and Missing, have been honored with more than 50 Academy Award nominations.
Change has always been with us, but the rate of change is changing. It’s no longer evolution, it’s revolutionary. The trajectory is changing, and the momentum is accelerating. It’s acceleration and trajectory change all at once. And three dimensionally.
But you really have to recognize that what moves people is not state-of-the-art technology, it is state-of-the-heart technology. The idea that this technology is a cold comfort. Unless the engineer can be the poet and the poet the engineer, unless there’s that connection between the two, technology doesn’t do anything.
Unless it moves something, unless it renders a benefit, unless it makes the distances closer, unless it makes it more resonant, more memorable, unless it offers a deeper meaning into your heart, into your soul, a deeper purposefulness, it’ll be vestigial, it’ll be gone.
So the idea is, don’t abandon state of the heart for state-of-the-art. Ask yourself a very important question. The benefit of this technology, how does it make us connect better? I don’t mean connect technically better, that’s important but how does it make us connect better. How does it get more and deeper heartfelt connection between people? Now I think a Twitter is an incredibly invaluable tool.
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