Learn First Accredit Later – New Quote I Love

I had a lot of fun watching one of the tech titans Tim O’Reilly‘s Maker Faire KC speech. (Talk starts at time code 2:56.)

One quote I love from Tim today was “Learn First. Accredit Later.” The quote reminds me of the time when I worked in a job writing LISP software for over 1 year (after 1/3 of an AI sample course at UT), before being sent to have some “proper training”!

When cutting edge stuff, often we get to do the things for real before we are “accredited”. In some case, even before “training” exist since the whole field is still being invented! And this leads perfectly to another quote,

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
– Alan Kay

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