It's amazing how many people who I run into who continuously act like they know better. I'm 42 year old professional, I have degree's in Electrical Engineering and Physics, yet I encounter young twenty somethings who just think they know beter. It's almost hilarious when I encounter a young fellow and challenge him when he tells me whats best. All I have to say is "why?" or "how?" and he hesitates and give's me a blank stare. Can't blame them, society is full of want-to-be experts and if they hear something or read something on the Internet, they think they know everything. Almost as if most of the young today have frail ego's. All anyone has to do is challenge what they believe and they crumple. Sad really. I mean, instead of really learning something, they try to pose as if they do.
Working in IT for the past 20 some odd years, I've started to wonder what has happened to creativity. True technological toys have gotten smaller, cheaper, faster, etc. but very few new things have come out in the past twenty years. Speaking with Colleagues they believe that only true creativity occurs when there a paradigm shift in thinking. If so are we past due for a shift in thinking? Then theirs this article from ACM Queue, http://www.acmqueue.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=384, that makes a point that true innovation is hampered by risk and loss. I am hoping for the paradigm shift myself, it would be a sad world to know that people are to afraid of taking chances.