Wednesday Blog: It's cool to be a geek


Michael Starling , August 21st, 2013

It has taken a number of years, but it’s finally happened: I’ve turned into a geek.

For someone who does not have a techy or scientific bone in their body to say I am surprised by this phenomenon is an understatement.

As an eighties child growing up in England we were all exposed to two iconic products: Lego and the Rubik’s Cube.

The difference with me was when it came to Lego, while the smart kids would be constructing pretend spacecrafts ... I would be eating it.

How tragic.

And the Rubix Cube ... let’s not even go there. I did not have the best attention span or the most logical brain to complete one side let alone the whole thing.

Being a sporty child I would sometimes look down on others who had the brains for logic, technology and science. Oh how I regret that. During the past three or four years I have really taken an interest in technology and working in the maritime industry has just further fuelled my enthusiasm.

For the September issue of Maritime & Ports Middle East we have been researching the latest innovation and technology at container terminals. From automation, remote operations to crane simulators, the industry is introducing some world-class ideas into the day-to-day workplace.

The fact that new technology is increasing productivity, standards and levels of safety at container terminals can only be a good thing. The bigger ships, higher crane moves per hour and the overall amount of containers means that the role of technology is now great than ever. Plus, these new ideas are channelling some great information into that previously empty space between my ears.

The industry should embrace the new technology and the people behind it. They deserve all the credit they can get and we can learn a thing or two from them. It’s just a pity I did not realise back in my youth.

So here’s the morale of the story. If you see a child eating Lego don’t just stop them from choking, but also tell them what they can create with the building blocks. You may just save one of the future innovators of our time.

Michael Starling is the editor of Maritime & Ports Middle East


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