--- My thoughts about why not only Software Engineers should be technology proficient. ---
From the beginning of the first living thing on earth all the way to the modern human race our ancestors have undergone an evolution through millions and millions of years. Slowly but surely becoming what we are today, incapable of grasping the origins of where we came from, simply because of the overwhelming amount of time and change it involved.
Only within the past few centuries mankind has actually felt time passing by in a much faster pace, groundbreaking innovations that replace one another faster than what we humans have ever experienced before. And here we are now: Living in the 21st century for more than a decade already, well in the era of information overflow and technological revolution.
And yet we know so little and look into a future of even more advanced technology to come. This is why I personally believe, that it is not just us, the software engineering professionals and associated roles and industries, that need to be technology savvy and think out-of-the-box of our profession. It is not just us! The information technology has long left its dark, windowless basement rooms, being mastered only by the most persisting, keyboard-fiddling nerds.
Professions that were traditionally not associated with software engineering at all must embrace the upcoming decades of change. We must accept that even the most historic crafting industries one day need to face the implications of this progress and seek the opportunity to evolve for the good. The sooner the better!
If asked I would strongly suggest to keep your eyes open and try to figure out how your industry can embrace the next big wave of technological progress that will undoubtedly follow. However, make sure to stay human and think of your fellow people: The years coming will demand for new jobs. Jobs that we cannot even think of, let alone name yet. Traditional jobs might have to transition into new jobs. Entire new professions will have to be put in place. Let progress not divide us!
Therefore I think in our society every one of us must become technology savvy! And not enough: No matter what you are doing for a living: Start loving your job! The German word for job is "Beruf". And when a job becomes a vocation, "Beruf" becomes "Berufung". I believe I have transitioned to the later one years ago.
In the end let us keep in mind: Not just for ourselves, but also for the coming generations, we have to find a balance between cold, technological progress and staying human.