Recently, I was reading a book about Google, and the author started talking about the interviews people have to go through to get a job there. Most of…

Recently, I was reading a book about Google, and the author started talking about the interviews people have to go through to get a job there. Most of us have read about the paradise that is the Google workplace, with its fancy food, dog daycare, and loose rules. The book described the questions interviewees were asked, and one major one asked the candidate to describe, in detail, any technical process. This seems like it should be easy- in a couple decades, one should learn how to build something tangible, or fix something complicated, or perform an engineering feat of some sort. But thinking about it, I couldn’t identify a really technical thing I’m capable of. As all of our manufacturing processes get more and more machine-driven, I think a lot of us have lost the ability to really make anything. This mechanization may have lowered the prices of goods, but their costs may have risen because of our ever-increasing ignorance of how things are made and how they work. Nobody needs to learn how to make their own computer, but building something yourself, to use for yourself, will be rewarding beyond the final product.
– Will

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