BBC News - How good software makes us stupid
Not to over excite the geeks but I always wondered at Star Trek. Not because of all the technology or any advisor/ weirdo's cleavage but simply at the breadth of knowledge each person had.
To know advanced mathematics and physics in excess of what our professors know today and yet also be able to do botany, martial arts and say basket weaving. I spent a whole load of time considering how this was possible when you think that they come out of the academy at what seems like 21 or so. I eventually figured that advances in teaching techniques and the ability to computerise large parts of the process would help. It was a simple solution but, in my defence, for an unquantified and ill defined question.
Reading this, and agreeing with the premise, could we be fooling ourselves? Should we be thinking more in terms of specialisation and leave this sci-fi to just fantasy (unlike most other scifi which seems to form next years new ideas for gadgets... except lightsabers which still disappoints me).