A Couple of Recent Quotes from Downes…

…that made me smile:

“Could it be that the hacker spirit is really want is responsible for our progress?” asks Daniel Lemire. “My theory is that if you want to cure cancer or Alzheimer’s, or if you want nuclear fusion, or bases on Mars… you need the hackers.” Once this is accomplished, he suggests, “academics will take the credit.” I’ve seen enough of this first-hand. But of course there are the academics who are also hackers, who I think play a pretty important role (and I like to think I am one). And there is – to my mind – a concern that while hackers are skilled at making things, they may not be skilled at things like social policy, governance and media (though they do not have the humility to realize this).

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I suck at meetings…

As is always the case, the stuff that can be done by technical people today will be provided by some application for everyone tomorrow.

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Yep. The latter is the reason I play with code and services as they are made available. If I can get them to work and do something halfway useful or interesting with them in an hour or too, maybe someone else may will come along and build a proper app or utility around a similar idea that becomes far more widely used…