“Study the past if you would define the future.” – Confucius
I think this is a very apt saying, especially in today’s world where technology keeps advancing in tremendous leaps and bounds. However, it sometimes feels as if the lessons and experiences of the past are forgotten, and simplicity and practicality are foregone in the race for technical supremacy. We see this every day in the products we buy, many of which no longer have simple on/off switches and dials for settings, but require complex button presses on a digital menu to set the device to do what is ostensibly a simple task. A great example of ignoring your history is Microsoft with Windows 8 where not only were existing customers ignored (despite so-called studies), everything was turned on its head, satisfying no one, and subsequently resulting in dismal failure.