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July 19, 2005

Pink: Conceptual age causes programmers to reconceptualize career options

I just saw this posting by Dan Pink citing to an AP story "on the dimming luster of programming jobs." According to the article, "many new entrants into the U.S. work force see info tech jobs as monotonous, uncreative and easily farmed out -- the equivalent of 1980s manufacturing jobs."

Automation tends to do that. I always thought it odd when programmers would claim (until recently) that computer programming was inherently more creative than other kinds of science and engineering. It should have been clear then, and the evidence is mounting now, that it was a peculiar combination of technological and economic circumstances that enabled the typical programmer to effectively demand such a large degree of on-the-job creative freedom as a condition of employment.

If programmers had any doubt that their jobs could be made less creative and even eliminated by the very technologies they brought into existence, they need only have asked their neighborhood blacksmith.

Posted by Robert at July 19, 2005 9:57 AM
category: Work

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