Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Brooks proves he is not an automaton!

Shorter David Brooks, "What Machines Can't Do", New York Times, February 3, 2014:
In the brave new world where computers will do all the brainwork, you won't get a dime out of being able to do any mental activity that involves following a set of rules. So should smart people despair? No, there's still rewarding ways of being human:
First, it pays to be enthusiastic.
Second, it pays to have extended time horizons and strategic discipline, like Garry Kasparov, who can think up to 12 or 14 moves ahead, while a computer. Never mind.
Third, it pays to be a procedural architect running loose networks of cooperating soloists, preferably paying their inadequate salaries while you collect the royalties.
Fifth, computers do the counting for you, so you don't have to worry about that. 
 N.B. It's really not impossible that Brooks left out point 4 out of some waggish purpose, but if he had you'd think he'd have winked at it in the text. None of the commenters seem to have noticed.

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