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Yes? I think we get more done in the short-to-mid-term but the fruits of our labor are less likely to survive long-term. There's no value judgement there - there are pro's & con's. At 40 years around the sun, I've got one leg in the "Get off my lawn!" and the other leg in the "Damn, these kids are wicked smart!" camp. I find that people over-focus on the seemingly "attention deficit" critiques of modern day, but even if that is the case, I think it's a small price to pay for having orders of magnitude more people in the space - there will be a lot of failures but there will be more successes relative to prior generations.

If we want to blame younger generations for not "thinking deeper" or "solving the hard problems", then we should shift our focus towards the economic drivers that are favoring quick/quantity over quality. I know how to develop software but if an employer is given the choice of fixing a buggy tool at the cost of maintaining a fork (GASP!) vs spending unbounded man-hours working around said buggy tool, my money's on that they will choose the latter since maintaining tool X is not a core competency. Meanwhile, tool X is hemoraging production data or producing buggy results and nobody flinches.




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