For many years, we've been told we only use about 10 percent of our brains. Although that myth has since been disproven, there's something to be said about our untapped capacity to create. What are we truly capable of? And most importantly, do we have the motivation to find out?
With this week's buzz surrounding IBM's super computer, Watson, dominating a three-day Jeopardy tournament against reigning champions, it's clear that there are some extremely bright individuals on this planet. Watson took over eight years to make, with some of our world's brightest technology scholars dedicating all their time and energy to the project's end.
Understand that this is not just a typical computer - when you need an answer from your laptop, you Google the appropriate search terms until you're able to dig out what your looking for. You verbally ask Watson a question, and he gives you an answer. No human facilitation needed.
Sure, we won't all create super computers with software complex enough to respond to conversationally posed questions without any human assistance. But who knows where you'll leave you mark. At a time when jobs seem bleak and student loans pile high on our countertops, it's important to say I can every once in awhile.
I can create something I'm proud of.
I can work hard and achieve my goals.
I can create my own happiness.
I can create the life I want.
So, to inspire you to get busy living your life, I've included a video below that highlights just how capable we are. (Note: The individuals in the video are engineers - don't try this at home!)
Never Give Engineers a Water Slide
j.cole (New PR professional, future female president) ;)