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Comment Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 955

Point taken. On an individual level it does create a short-term bias.

One important differentiation from what most people might deem as "cheating," however: This form of modification isn't a "free pass" in the same sense as say, cheating on a university exam. Effort is still expended and knowledge is still obtained, just in a more efficient manner. And the knowledge and enhanced skills stay with the individual, and the field as a whole benefits, unlike what happens when someone cheats their way to a degree or a job.

Of course then we all gain from the overall advance. It's all a matter of whether that one sacrifice offsets the overall advantage.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.