Half a century later, the world is getting worse in many ways, according to the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube

In the nearly half-century since its iconic Rubik’s Cube was created, the world has gotten much worse in many ways, plagued by climate change, overpopulation and waste, its Hungarian inventor has claimed.

The multicolored 3x3x3 puzzle, which has become one of Hungary’s most important innovations, is still popular among young and old, with hundreds of millions of copies sold worldwide. Erno Rubik, 78, an avid gardener who grows succulents in his state-of-the-art home in the Budapest suburbs, said while technological advancements have made the world better, the overall balance of change is negative – meaning education to meet challenges and a connection to the physical world is vital.

“Nature has systems that can restore the balance if it becomes dislodged,” he told Reuters from a terrace of his home dominated by square-shaped elements, also designed by Rubik, an architect. “We radically upset that balance,” he said. “For me, the most painful thing is that we seem to no longer know what it means to be humble, thrifty, or thrifty.”

Rubik, whose most famous creation relies on focus, problem-solving and a hands-on approach, said the role of education was paramount in preparing younger generations to deal with the fallout. “Much more should be invested, not just money, but attention, energy and intellectual effort so that future generations are better prepared to deal with our mistakes,” he said. .

Rubik also warned against overuse of digital games and devices by children, saying it narrows the scope of their learning opportunities in the physical world. “If I only see reality through a virtual lens, it drastically diminishes the experience,” he said. “It’s as if you weren’t reading a book yourself, but someone was summarizing the contents of the book for you.

“We’re starting to lose our connection to the real world,” he said.

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