I wouldn’t quite call this an epiphany, but something came to me last night.
What do you do when someone flunks out of school, thinks outside the box and goes on to discover things way ahead of their time. Oh, and build a thermo-nuclear device? Give them a nobel prize.
What do you do when someone flunks out of school, thinks outside the box and goes on to discover things way ahead of their time. Oh, and they develop a trojan worm. Throw them in jail.
After all the crap we deal with on a daily basis because of the “wonders” of technology and computers, it amazes me that we do not reward the now stigmatized “hackers*”. Talk about stifling creativity and innovation. A very small population of truly genius folks are tinkering away and making all of our computers do mind-blowing things, all without our consent and against the wishes of our government. I am not saying I laud their actions, but I definitely do not like how we focus on the wrong thing.
* I use the term “hackers” loosely: in real life, I believe hackers to be tinkerers and not innately evil or mischievous. Crackers, on the other hand, tend to break into companies and steal things.