X is for xperience

This post is part of a series, “Digital: From A to Z,” that explores what it means to be digital. What’s in your A to Z of digital? Find me on Twitter @Max_Hemingway or leave a comment below.

Xperience (ok, I am stretching the bounds here as I am reaching the end of the alphabet – it’s a silent “e” at the start of the word) covers how we use technologies and advancements to shape our lives and the effects that they have on us. We have moved at a rapid rate of development, with technology forming an everyday part of our lives.

After looking at my son’s homework the other night on programming in Python to find the area of a circle and a square, and also answering questions on Amazon drone deliveries and how they will impact the economy, I drew some analogies to when I was his age. Some of what he is doing was similar to myself learning Basic and programming a ZX80 (and saving it to an audio cassette). However, the use of drones that are now commonplace were on the verge of science fiction for me at that time.

As technology moves on and develops, we have been consuming it — but our expectations are growing at a faster rate, always wanting the next best thing and its ability to operate faster than we are xperiencing today. At one time, booting up on several 5 1/4 inch floppy disks to start a PC and then start an application was the best thing since sliced bread. These days, if the PC has not started and loaded by the time it has turned on, the perception is that it is slow.

Turning this experience the other way around — where some may not want to accept change or to change themselves at the rate that technology is changing — Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, spoke about this recently in an article in the Guardian entitled I don’t know whether humans want change that fast:

“I recognise that, in the Valley, people are obsessed with the pace of technological change,” he says. “It’s tough to get that part right… We rush sometimes, and can misfire for an average person. As humans, I don’t know whether we want change that fast – I don’t think we do.”

– Sundar Pichai, Google CEO (Source: The Guardian)

Whether we embrace, ignore or reject the way that the digital revolution is bringing change, our xperiences are still changing, and our expectations are also increasing with an always-on, interactive society. To survive the changes, we need to have an adaptive behaviour that allows us to evolve at the right pace with the right rate of development.

Learning plays a big part in our ability to keep up with the change and developments, as well as understand what is going on in the marketplace. Learning needs to be right and focused to help guide our xperiences, and much learning will depend upon what we are doing.

Borrowing an equation from ecology: L>=C. If your learning is not greater than or equal to the rate of change, you will fall behind.

Join me next time as I look at “Y is for yottabyte” in my Digital A-Z series. See my last post, W is for wearables.

This entry was originally posted in Max’s blog.

Max Hemingway — Senior Architect

Max is a senior architect for DXC Technology in the United Kingdom. With more than 25 years of experience, he has a broad and deep range of technical knowledge and is able to translate business needs into IT-based solutions. Currently the chief architect of the BAE Systems account in the UK, Max has a proven track record acquired through continual client engagement and delivery of leading edge infrastructures, all of which have delivered positive results for end-clients, including IT cost reduction, expansion of service capability and increased revenues.


  1. […] Join me in my next and final post in my Digital A-Z series as I look at “Z is for zabeta.” See my last post, X is for xperience. […]

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