Why ‘Jack of All Trades’ is In. Again!

Future of Work (and play)
  1. What’s the biggest difference between researchers today and researchers in centuries past like Galton, Quetlet, Leonardo etc ?
  2. Why do people in IT/Tech feel burned out so easily ?
  3. How has capitalism taken its toll on “Life” (living beings) in general ?
  1. These guys were Polymath (ALL ROUNDERS )— they did everything from meteorology, astronomy, mathematics, statistics, sociology, criminology etc. The motivations in those times might have been bit different from those of today — in those days they waited for days on their research assistants to prepare tables that today are a line of code away (thank you open source!) and therefore they would take up projects in parallel and in different fields. Look what they achieved ! In my opinion if we work on several different things in different fields, it not only helps us from feeling burned out so easily ( writing those data pipelines in sql — day in and day out ? ) but it also helps us — as Steve Jobs would say — connect the dots. Which brings me to the next point.
  2. Wider Perspectives and Original Thoughts. These guys , for reasons above , were able to create entirely new disciplines because they were exposed to thoughts and ideas from a variety of different fields. Quetelet introduced statistical methods to the social science, Galton introduced statistical methods to the study of human differences and inheritance of intelligence, and introduced the use of questionnaires and surveys for collecting data on human communities. And you would obviously be knowing about Leonardo right ? A person with no formal academic training ? That’s the one. He did everything from invention, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, paleontology, cartography, you name it. I bet he won Master Chef Australia too! . He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Take away : Well obviously they were brilliant minds with disciple and perseverance but all I am saying is that if you



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Abhijeet Pokhriyal

Abhijeet Pokhriyal


School of Data Science @ University of North Carolina — Charlotte