In what way has the generation after us "gone too far"?

post by Elo · 2019-01-24T10:22:34.063Z · score: 8 (4 votes) · LW · GW · 4 comments

This is a question post.

It's a pattern to watch an older generation consider a younger generation as, "having gone too far". From the inside it feels to me like I'm right and they are too conservative, but on the other side of the fence, believing for myself that the younger generation have gone too far? What do I find?

Please state the current age @ 2019 of the centre of gravity or range of ages of the generation you are commenting on.


answer by cousin_it · 2019-01-24T18:37:53.960Z · score: 3 (1 votes) · LW · GW



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comment by johnswentworth · 2019-01-24T16:13:58.625Z · score: 9 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Deep learning and tensorflow. Dear god. These days, every freshman with a semester of python under their belt thinks they can "do machine learning" while barely understanding calculus, much less probability. When I was their age, we had to code our downhill gradients by hand, in both directions. You wanted it on a GPU? You wrote shader code!

comment by norswap · 2019-01-24T14:44:33.783Z · score: 8 (6 votes) · LW · GW

You should probably specify which generation you're in =)

I'm 28. I don't know that the next generation has "gone too far", but the big difference I see between them and my generation is that we were the last generation to grow up without pervasive internet / smartphones / social networks. Facebook boomed (at least in Europe) right as I entered college.

What it entails is a lack of focus. I won't say my generation is very focused, but the next one is certainly worse. As a TA, I can witness this firsthand.

comment by Elo · 2019-01-24T18:51:34.178Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

From a growthy development perspective, we tend to reject the things we recently passed.

"I don't want to be a baby" says the 5 year old. Teenagers reject the "slightly younger" teenagers, 20s reject teens, 30's ignore immature 20s and sometimes we never grow out of that. Hopefully we do.