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Jul 04, 2009, 16:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Streicher)

"Certainly, life expectancies were about half of modern realities and labor was largely manual and not intellectual, but the huge disparity likely has more to do with the sheer rapidity of technological change of the last eighty years. Think about it. Anesthesia is less than one hundred years old (ouch). Television is a sexagenarian. The personal computer is approaching mid-life crisis. And the Internet has been publicly available for two decades. My parents’ generation has seen the introduction of all those inventions, and my children take all those advances for granted. Dick Tracy’s once futuristic gadgets have nothing on a smart phone.

"In general, people are now constantly inundated with information. In fact, many livelihoods depend on keeping apace even as the pace quickens. Developing software is certainly among them: it is solely intellectual; it advances relentlessly; and it must be practiced diligently."

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