We cannot afford to lose skills of the past

Labrow, Peter
July 2004
IT Training;Jul/Aug2004, p24
Trade Publication
The author was recently watching a new DVD release of 1970s television drama Survivors. For those of you too young to remember the premise of this apocalyptic piece of gloom is that almost all of humankind has been wiped out by a killer virus. For the survivors, this brings two rather significant challenges. The first is to learn those specialist skills needed to create tools or grow food. In many cases, technology is the enabler that has created the environment for this to happen. Parents recognize this as 'experience robbing' — bad parenting indeed, where difficult tasks are performed for the child, who therefore never really learns to do anything except rely on others. IT departments are notorious for wanting to protect the mystique around their role, hiding the scary technical stuff from poor mortals. All of this is great — providing nothing ever goes wrong, although we would be forever dependent on a trusted elite to keep maintaining the 'skills behind the skills.'


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