The other day Tim Bray tweeted a Google+ item entitled Geeks and repetitive tasks along with the comment: “Geeks win, eventually.”
Here’s the chart posted on Google+ by Bruno Oliveira:
But the chart also fails to capture the reality of repetition and automation in the realm of information systems.
and adds his own version:
The good thing about some blogs are the comments, like this one by Tom West:
If we’re defining geek as it’s archetype, then it’s essentially a tendency towards systematizing.
I love to systematize.:-)
Okay, back to the main topic, repetitive tasks and how to deal with them. “Boredom and drudgery are evil”, wrote E. S. Raymond. Creative people will always try to find a way to do it smarter and save time to solve new and more interesting problems.
The question is: who is the smartest, the geek or the non-geek? The last graph shows that the non-geek can lean back and wait until the geek has done the hard work – coding – and has written or found a script for automation. In a way, that’s smart too, because he can still use the gold, without digging for it.
I think that non-geeks only have less fun. At least they must have a very low self-esteem.