The link below has some practical suggestions on how to be an effective networker. I think the best way to network is when you aren’t looking for a benefit from someone. Otherwise you feel like you are being used. Maybe sometime in the future something will come across that one of your contacts might be interested in. I think the job and purpose of networking isn’t to improve your life, but to make yourself a valued resource for others. If you can improve things for others, then generally you have a valid reason for access to resources. I really like the idea of meritocracy. That things should be judged by their value in an objective way that you can measure. However you still have to have kindness and compassion, because the intellect can only take you so far.
Of course one day androids like Lt. Data on Star Trek will become reality. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have him as a teacher? Rather than read dry facts on a screen he could creatively narrate almost anything you wanted to know. Computers are a great tool but our memories seem to need an emotional reason to remember things. If we don’t feel a use for knowledge I have noticed it tends to be forgotten. If this knowledge could be made more practical and life-like I think people would remember it. Lt. Datas ability to perfectly recreate voices would be a fun way to participate in history. Maybe even have a virtual reality environment or programmed dreams. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Maybe in the future.