Which game do your prefer, SCRABBLE or SUDOKU?
One works like the world you know. One operates like the digital cloud. The digital cloud is just another way of describing content that is stored in databases and accessible on the internet. The cloud changes how we use digital content and interact with each other.
These two games function quite differently and demonstrate rival methods of organization. SCRABBLE uses wooden tiles with letters for players to spell words, beginning at the center of the board, placing new tiles alongside those already on the board.
SUDOKU uses an 81-space square grid divided into nine boxes each containing nine spaces. Some of the spaces contain numbers and with these given numbers, a player must fill in the empty spaces. Each box, column and row must contain the numbers 1-9, just as the whole game must have nine of each number.
In SCRABBLE, players must wait their turn and keep score. SCRABBLE usually has two to four players.
In SUDOKU, players can begin anywhere and go anywhere in the game. They don’t have to follow any particular order. The sequence matters less and less. While usually played alone, SUDOKU could have any number of players all playing at the same time.
The digital cloud works like SUDOKU — entirely non-sequentially.
Cloud-based music streaming services like SPOTIFY or APPLE MUSIC give users access to vast libraries of songs, on demand, without waiting for a radio station to play them. No one waits for CDs to come by mail these days.
If you want to listen to Beyoncé, just go to a cloud-based service. Like SUDOKU, you can start anywhere and decide to listen to all her music (whole game), her individual albums (rows) or only her number one songs (columns). In the digital cloud, the choices are yours.
Movies and shows work like that, too. Users of streaming services stored in the cloud, like NETFLIX or HBO GO, can just select a show and start to watch it. They can even binge-watch a whole season. You don’t have to wait for a week or even watch the shows in order, like with broadcast TV.
If you want to prepare for life in the digital world, then play SUDOKU.