Technology and art are considered to be on opposite sides of the spectrum according to many people, especially in India, the country I grew up in, but are they really that different?
As a child, I always disliked drawing and thought that it was definitely not something I would fancy later on in my life. Years down the line, I am passionate about art history as much as I am about Data Science, or maybe a little less. People are taken aback when I share that Art History is a field I love; one I want to explore and take classes of at the University. A major role in this journey was played by my first art history professor who taught me about Michelangelo and left me in awe after every lecture. It is probably the class I would look back at the most once I graduate, especially due to the amount I got to learn from it.
Coming to the question in the title, are art and technology really that different? I don't think so. One gets inspired, comes up with an idea, presents it, gets funding, works on it, launches it, and makes leaves an impact on lives of so many. Similarly, an artist gets inspired by observing different moments, comes up with an idea, and uses the canvas to make something that has a profound impact on the world and resonates with the people on an emotional level. Both the sides work meticulously to achieve their final product, to build something they can proudly call their own.
In the end, my short plea to everyone is that let us not leave humanities. Without that, the world will have no alternatives. For now and for the future, let us embrace what technology and humanities can provide the world if they walk together. Let us not be binary. If you idolize the CEOs and Founders of large companies, then do not forget to consider the importance of da Vinci and Michelangelo in the world.