Learn First Accredit Later – New Quote I Love

Saturday, 25 June, 2011

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


“Soft eyes”: take in everything we see, not just what we are looking for – New Quote I Love

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

“It used to be the case that there was a canon, a body of knowledge shared by all educated men and women. Now, we need the skills of a scout, the ability to learn, to follow a trail, to make sense out of faint clues, and to recognize the way forward through confused thickets. We need a sense of direction that carries us onward through the wood despite our twists and turns. We need “soft eyes” that take in everything we see, not just what we are looking for.” – Tim O’Reilly [via edge]

I’ve added the above highlighted portion to quotes I love.

[HT Kevin]

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