Chris Dixon, DNA and new technology: How do we relate to new things?

I was reminded by Chris Dixon this morning how much I miss Douglas Noel Adams (DNA). Chris’s article I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies just posted a snippet of, and, thankfully, the link to the original article on DNA’s website.

douglas adams inspired "Hitch hikers guid...
Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. H2G2  (Photo credit:, Wikipedia)

The fun part of it all is that it is as true today as it was in 1999 when DNA wrote it. No matter what generation you happen to be, be it Boomers, X, Y, Millennials, the forthcoming post-Millennials, etc–you have the things you’re accustomed to which are your “normal,” and things which you did not experience at the right time of your life. These things are abnormal to you.

I think of myself as a “learning machine.” I’m addicted to learning new things, refreshing knowledge by triggering on something that was mentally filed away, my linguistic hobby, etc. A day in which I didn’t learn something was a day wasted.

Duke vs Rhode Island basketball
Duke vs Rhode Island basketball (Photo credit: Steve Rhode)

Now we have March Madness upon us. I’ve been watching part of the ACC Basketball Championship, I will watch selection Sunday and I’ll be quite distracted during the NCAA Basketball tourney. Even during those times, I fill my time during commercial breaks to soak up new information, hopefully useful information.

What does this tell me about being a CEO, an entrepreneur?  I’m not sure.  We focus on the message for the business users, who are usually over 35, yet not set in their ways.

Google Glass
Google Glass (Photo credit: lawrencegs)

What does this make me? I’m not sure about that either. I turn 44 this month and I’ve adapted to everything I’ve come across in life so far. So far I grok things innovations created after 2005. I hope to keep doing that in the future.