Bicycles of the mind
A few weeks ago I was discussing with a friend on a script that allowed me to control my pc (or even a home surveillance system) remotely from my smartphone.
The conversation went on till we got to a quote from Steve Jobs that I wanted to share with you. Jobs uses an analogy to compare computers to bicycles of the mind
. Fortunately, by googling for it I could get the .
Jobs mentions a study on locomotion among animal species where scientists ranked them according to the energy
required to go from one point to another. At the top of the scale was the condor while humans were located at an unimpressive position somewhere at the middle of the list. Then he adds:"But fortunately someone [...] was insighful enough to test men with a bicycle. And men with a bicyle won, twice as good as a Condor. And what this shows is that man as a toolmaker has the ability to make a tool to amplify its abilities."
As hardware becomes more ubiquitous and more powerful software tools become available  our bikes are ever faster. This feels like a new revolution specially thanks to languages like Python, or hardware like smartphones, Raspberry Pi
or (even better) BeagleBoard
 Just to give another example, you can even transform your cell phone in a geiger counter:http://www.pro-physik.de/details/phiuznews/5248971/Smartphones_als_Geigerzaehler.htmlRadioactivityCounter for Android - REAL working Geiger counter + 10Sv/h Image