August 11, 2015 Elijah Ogidi-Olu 0 Comments


The first signs of life on our planet, our ancient family tree dates back to millions of years ago. Around six to seven million years ago, according to NHM. Right there and then, we claimed our rightful position on the creation food chain (if there's any food involved). Meaning, we almost immediately evolved from being creations to creators ourselves.
From the creation of fire to keep ourselves warm at night, to winding of tree trunks together to cross over a large river, carving out bows and arrows, making tents, making traps to kill animals and sowing animal skins to cover our nakedness and so on.

Then came the ages. The Stone Age, The Industrial Age, The Jet age, The Computer Age, Information age, and that's putting it in a shoved summary.

At the planet's bragging conference, bragging about the achievements of the present age, one would see us humans flexing our muscles as "Creators" ourselves, while showcasing our I.T discoveries, our computers, our holograms, our robots, our e-conferences, our digitalized spaces and our Internet. After all, we... Oh, what kind of 21st Century human being could I be, forgetting to mention "Our Smart Phones"... Yes! Our "Smart" Phones. The creation and evolution of these ones in particular have been so rapid, one would think some divine entity (for those who believe in the existence of one) was waving a wand of approval on the Technology behind it. Now, if you're still reading, kindly read carefully from here on.

Like always, I'm surfing on the waves of being misunderstood, about to sound bizarre and before some religious chauvinist would begin repainting me in some grotesque light or worse still, charge at me in some enraged fashion, Spear in hand and blazing eyes, I only (forcefully) need a few people reading this to join me from the vintage point from which I'm thinking from.

The first Android platform, a platform initially designed for digital cameras was dated back to 2002/03 and after a slow and “snaily” impact in the tech market, HTC and Google came to the rescue and It was switched to mobile devices (HTC) and the rest is history. Around a decade ago, the word Android was a mere buzzword but today, it’s a powerful force. Designers said “It is designed to adequately meet the user’s needs and satisfy their preference”. Well guys, it hasn’t fallen far short of that. From over one million apps to choose from, to rooting, the platform has generally become the playground for tech geeks and tweak freaks.

Rooting for tech sissies is the act of gaining access to the manufacturer’s default files. This is not just any process but as usual, tech advancements are making the “dare-manufacturer” act of rooting your device something you can do from the comfort of your couch. Before I leave you in a state of confusion, when you get a sixteen gigabyte device, pre-installed apps, cache files, even boot files and co, takes up around four of the sixteen and that’s why what you meet isn’t sixteen but twelve or eleven gigabyte. Got it?
Dissatisfaction with limitations, curiosity of what’s beyond boundaries and the knack for total control definitely summed up to produce Rooting or Jail Breaking (could be rightfully/wrongfully used interchangeably).

The Human brain: The most complex, most confusing object ever known to the human race. Advanced studies on the functions and neurological communications in the brain dates back to the early 70’s and its only relieving to say no human can come up with a total explanation of how this device works… except of course whoever put it there.
From when you were born as a bouncing baby, actions like breathing, crying, sleeping, peeing and later on as you get older, lying, covering yourself, knowing some sensations come from your downstairs and so on are some of those you need nobody to teach you how to go about doing them. I refer to these ones as pre-installed apps. Now, without trying to drag you back to the brain’s ten percent myth, I won’t put my tongue in my cheek to say that we either aren’t using the totality of our brains or if we’re using it as Dr. Barry Gordon claims, then we definitely don’t know how most of it works.

Sometimes, just sometimes one would feel this device we carry all around upstairs is some sort of means of the ‘creator’ to bully us and/or send us on a fool’s errand. An errand some neurosurgeons has embarked on and came back, shoulders hanging with tail between their legs. Knowing humans as the curios species and the ever inquisitive ones, one would laugh at the absurd feeling that one thing the mobile device has over humans is the ability of total access. Even the iPhone’s iOS has not been left out from being jailbroken but this mysterious funny looking membrane in your head, weighing just about three pounds and managing just two percent of your total body weight can’t be rooted? Why? Are we yet to hit the technological eureka?

Apologies for making reference to movies like “Limitless” and the box office breaker “Lucy” claiming we make use of just a minute part of our brains. Of course that’s just what they are ‘Movies’ but at least their cock-and-bull stories were well cooked and made a spectacle for our eyes. We are neither scientists nor neurosurgeons so we aren’t to blame when stuffs like that get to us. The main question for the explanation of this confusion should be directed to the ‘creator’.

If we’re indeed using all we’re given, why then do we understand so little about this ‘unrootable’ device?

If we’re indeed using ten percent of what we’re given, what are supposed to do with what’s left?

Cheers to those who push day in, night out to discover the non-understandable wiring and functioning technique of our brains. We, lame men would all be waiting to receive you guys with open arms when you finally come up with a new gist. Meanwhile, philosophical tech savvy geeks would continue to cast a side eye of envy at our rooted android and jailbroken iOS creations, wishing we could just get ourselves done and over with – if that ever came out right.

“Don’t lie, you wish you had that drug in limitless and the blue cocktail in Lucy.”

To confirm your fears, thanks to the creator or manufacturer of the hundred billion neurological sophisticated gadgets, we might never know what it would be like to have total access to the restricted, yet to be understood areas of “The Membrane Of Neurons."

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