Explore depth rather than breadth

As you read these words, how does your screen make them appear as black marks on a white background. If your monitor has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080, what do those numbers mean?

When you ride a bus or a train, a screen or a recorded voice automatically prompts you when your stop arrives. How does that work? How does the subway car know that it has arrived a few hundred feet below the parliament building?

How does the supermarket know how much bread to stock – which brands, varieties and where to stock them? When 5 tables in a large restaurant order mushroom masala, how does your waiter not mix these orders up? How do you program traffic lights in a junction to go off and on efficiently?

I don’t know the answer to several of those questions, but I am certain that I would enjoy and benefit from exploring each one of them.

When it comes to exploration, breadth is overrated. Depth is neglected, but that is where most of the value lies.

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