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Don't believe the hype: the surprising sweet spot between idiot and expert

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Don't believe the hype: the surprising sweet spot between idiot and expert

The tech industry (like most industries) is not very good at making predictions and also not good at looking backwards after the fact to see what it got right and what it didn’t. This, of course, creates a terribly inaccurate feedback loop. So to limit inaccuracy Simon Bird says those who have the right combination of open-mindedness and knowledge allows them to be better at putting new technology into context than tech companies whose experts typically place too much importance on their own area of specialty. 

Law of the jungle

Predicting the future is hard in any subject; arguably it’s hardest of all in the field of technology. Indeed, as the technology journalist Warren Ellis wisely points out, “it’s best not to get involved in the business of prediction. It’s a quick way to look like an idiot”.