Monday, May 15, 2006

Secondary outsourcing

I think it was Gary Trudeau (Doonesbury) who first popularized a programmer covertly outsourcing his work to India. A similar thing is happening in schools (DeLong).

These students, when they go to work, will use the same techniques. DeLong is annoyed with the reporter's gullibility, but it's neat to see a widely predicted future happening. There's a generational gap here -- I lack the outsourcing skills these college kids will have. I have, however, long had ideas about other uses for this sort of resource network ...

PS. I think Vernor Vinge's Fast Times at Fairmount High is our best current guide to the world ahead.

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