Wednesday, March 04, 2009

On The Shoulders Of Giants

Do you think a sculptor would like to listen to Michaelangelo talk about stone carving?  What about an engineer having lunch with James Watt?

This post brought this thought up - we're able to talk to the second generation of giants in this industry, and we seem to not take advantage of it as much as we should.  Sure, we've developed things much beyond the original technology (My second PC had a 40 MB hard drive.  Today I can buy a 1TB drive for one tenth the cost of that PC), but they had the brains to do things in tiny memory over slow data lines, and Moore's Law was not yet in effect.

I've seen Commodore Grace Hopper speak, for crying out loud!

It seems a shame that we're rushing headlong into the future without listening to our elders.

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