This is an old sigh – Socrates mentioned, that „The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise…”, and there is an even older text from Babilon which states essentially the same: the actual young generation is not comparable to the good old one, they are just not able to preserve our culture.
I visited two conferences last week: the MNDWRK event and the ITBN. Both of them were fully packed with professionally very interesting and useful presentations, but what was even more „surprising” for me: there were quite a few young presenters who dived deeply into their topics and shared their well-grounded knowledge. It was really refreshing to listen to them – even though their style differed a little bit from the old elephants’, like me…
Of course, the question is: who is young? From my point of view everyone up to half of my age (0x40H) _is_ young,
Bálint Persics from Mortoff seems to be even a bit older, but his presentation about the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) was on the topic. During presenting the internals of the AGC, he put strong emphasis on the design principles which were used to provide secure and reliable operation of that metal cylinder advancing by 40 thousand kilometers an hour in the space with no chance of any real-time human intervention. He made us recognize the microcode pattern, embedded or edge computing, enhanced reliability by reduced complexity, emulation, etc. As he pointed out, most of today’s buzzwords were present in the early sixties, only called differently. His whole presentation was an honest salute to the „ancient” hardware and software engineers.
On the second day of ITBN the company Scirge (namely Dániel Angyal and most probably Zoltán Molnár (their names were not listed)) held an 80-minute live demo of their application which sheds light on a certain aspect of the shadow IT (the employees register to all kind of third-party websites just to do their jobs, and these accounts are mostly unknown for the rest of the company). This was a real eye-opening presentation, their audience filled the room and they were not afraid to ask the presenters. There can be a number of reasons why someone asks questions, but in this case the main motives were their curiosity and the importance of the topic. The presenters answered promptly, sometimes in a duett, and all their answers were well-established showing that they possess deep knowledge of what they were speaking about.
The third person I have to mention here is János Pereczes (in his own words: leads digital transformation in banking). His presentation (AI from a bank’s perspective: from innovation to strategy) and his participation in the following panel were also good examples of how deep thinking (natural intelligence) still has an advantage in understanding and predicting what is happening and will happen in the world.
These refreshing examples give me a hope: today’s youngsters are able to produce real value for the society and to preserve our culture.
BTW: there was an exception on the MNDWRK event: the audience. Those youngsters made an enormous noise (even sitting in the second row), so the amplification of the presenters was pushed up, which made those youngsters chatter even more loudly, so finally the amplification had to be set to the maximum… Well, I said they had bad manners, contempt for authority, they showed disrespect…