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The Death of Expertise

The Death of Expertise

Having equal rights does not mean having equal talents, equal abilities, or equal knowledge. It assuredly does not mean that “everyone’s opinion about anything is as good as anyone else’s.” And yet, this is now enshrined as the credo of a fair number of people despite being obvious nonsense.

Tom Nichols makes a point that we in technology have known / identified for a long time. As the cost of knowledge transfer approaches zero, everyone thinks they know everything and can make expert level decisions. “I know about JSON and I heard Google uses MapReduce, let’s use MongoDB!”

We insist on repeating the mistakes of the past because we don’t value expertise (knowledge + experience).


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