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Financial Times: Welcome to the Amateur Century

Dec 24, 2002, 11:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Leadbeater)

"For the past two centuries experts have risen to command virtually every field: science, medicine, sport, education, parenting, cooking. The professionals have pushed aside bumbling amateurs.

"Yet in the century to come a new breed of amateur--not lone inventors but dedicated, educated, well resourced people, working in networks--will make a comeback. The reign of the professionals has passed its peak...

"In software, some of the most impressive innovations in recent years have come from the Open Source movement, which creates software, such as the Linux operating system, by bringing together networks of committed enthusiasts to share their ideas..."

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