The new Lego app is stealing our ability to be creative

Everyone is raving about the new lego app, which allows you to take a picture of a pile of lego, then it helps you work out what you could build from the pile. I can’t argue that it’s innovative, but only from a technical perspective. And like many technical innovations it is yet another robot slave that we must keep in its place.

Here’s is an article on the app: https://www.fastcompany.com/90652594/got-a-pile-of-random-lego-this-amazing-app-tells-you-what-you-can-build

What is creativity anyway?

Essentially it’s to bring into existence something new. We may recycle old things, remix and repurpose, but the output is an altogether new thing. Creativity is the engine of innovation that leads to technical, and commercial breakthroughs. Analysis alone cannot make the leaps required.

So, why isn’t this app creative?

On the upside, if we think of the app as the starting place. It can be an inspiration not a set of limiting instructions like you would find when building an Ikea table. The website https://www.ikeahackers.net/ includes hundreds of weird and wild creations that have taken the instructions as the starting place, not as the destination.

Also the app does a fantastic job of showcasing the state of technology today, which if given the right master to serve is a powerful thing.

I hope the app is able to inspire and provide the spark to get started. Which is the thing that so often stifles creativity. I only hope it doesn’t displace the whole process thereby taking away more and more of the lived experience, and dulling of our creative edge.

You may enjoy this talk: Kurt Vonnegut describing how we must not let technology stop us on our own paths of becoming.

It starts at the relevant part, but the whole talk is well worth the hour.

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