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Mark Cuban says the ability to think creatively will be critical in ten years, and Elon Musk agrees

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  1. [13]
    dubteedub
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    This seems kinda clickbaity to me. Saying we need to think creatively isn't really that profound.

    This seems kinda clickbaity to me.

    Saying we need to think creatively isn't really that profound.

    24 votes
    1. [5]
      Kijafa
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      The post title is 100% clickbait, I was actually kinda surprised to see it here.

      The post title is 100% clickbait, I was actually kinda surprised to see it here.

      13 votes
      1. [4]
        phedre
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        Same. Clickbait bothers me sooooo much. One of my favourite youtubers is terribly guilty of it and I just wanna shake him sometimes. His videos are amazing and don't need clickbait titles!

        Same. Clickbait bothers me sooooo much. One of my favourite youtubers is terribly guilty of it and I just wanna shake him sometimes. His videos are amazing and don't need clickbait titles!

        2 votes
        1. [3]
          Thales
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          If it’s Philip DeFranco, I know exactly what you mean. I know the guy has well-researched and interesting content, but I refuse to watch his stuff out of principle. There’s just something about a...

          If it’s Philip DeFranco, I know exactly what you mean.

          I know the guy has well-researched and interesting content, but I refuse to watch his stuff out of principle.

          There’s just something about a willingness to resort to click bait titles that immediately sets off red flags for me. In my mind (perhaps unjustly) it signifies a willingness to compromise journalistic integrity for the sake of popularity. “Cutting corners,” so to speak.

          DeFranco has justified it in the past (and made solid arguments for it) but it’s something I struggle to overlook (esp. given that he does it on everything).

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            phedre
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            Nope, Wayne Goss. This is what his entire channel is like: http://i.imgur.com/yhKF3yl.jpg They’re such good videos but goddamn those titles.

            Nope, Wayne Goss. This is what his entire channel is like:

            http://i.imgur.com/yhKF3yl.jpg

            They’re such good videos but goddamn those titles.

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            1. jgb
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              If he didn't do this he would be effectively choosing to halve his own income.

              If he didn't do this he would be effectively choosing to halve his own income.

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      1. Pilgrim
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        I agree with what you said. I think it's all about showing how those soft skills can be applied to that particular industry. For example, those with a writing background can tout that as a benefit...

        I agree with what you said. I think it's all about showing how those soft skills can be applied to that particular industry. For example, those with a writing background can tout that as a benefit when applying as a developer because all development teams need documentation and generally hate doing it.

    3. [6]
      Pilgrim
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      I think it's interesting because of who's saying it. If it was liberal art professors then I'd agree.

      I think it's interesting because of who's saying it. If it was liberal art professors then I'd agree.

      1. sublime_aenima
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        Mark Cuban is an entertainer who makes his money in television, of course he’s going to say we need creative people

        Mark Cuban is an entertainer who makes his money in television, of course he’s going to say we need creative people

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      2. dubteedub
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        I dont really think that Mark Cuban or Elon Musk saying "think creatively" really makes a difference. Its just another maxim that we have all heard a thousand times.

        I dont really think that Mark Cuban or Elon Musk saying "think creatively" really makes a difference. Its just another maxim that we have all heard a thousand times.

        4 votes
      3. [3]
        zptc
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        What is it about these two that makes it more interesting?

        What is it about these two that makes it more interesting?

        2 votes
        1. [2]
          Pilgrim
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          The theme for the last 5-10 years (maybe longer) when discussing schooling is to push STEM, so when two billionaires who we assume know a lot about business, and specifically STEM when it comes to...

          The theme for the last 5-10 years (maybe longer) when discussing schooling is to push STEM, so when two billionaires who we assume know a lot about business, and specifically STEM when it comes to Musk, talk about a post-automation world where "creativity" is in more demand than STEM skills, well I think it's worth discussion.

          There was a time when parents told their kids to "become a lawyer or a doctor" but after enough time we end up with too many people going into the same profession and there is more competition for those jobs as the market becomes flooded. I know anecdotally that's happened for lawyers (not sure about doctors).

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  2. phedre
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    I hate click bait titles. "this skill". SAY THE FUCKING SKILL IN THE TITLE OMG. For those who were curious, the skill is "thinking creatively".

    I hate click bait titles. "this skill". SAY THE FUCKING SKILL IN THE TITLE OMG.

    For those who were curious, the skill is "thinking creatively".

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  3. [2]
    Gecko
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    On the meta of this post: We had a discussion about editorialisation of headlines for post titles before and this post is definitely one where the words "this skill" could have been replaced with...

    On the meta of this post:

    We had a discussion about editorialisation of headlines for post titles before and this post is definitely one where the words "this skill" could have been replaced with the skill in question, "liberal arts" in this case.

    5 votes
    1. Pilgrim
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      My initial comment quoted the relevant part of the article but I can see how having it in the title would be a better experience for everyone. I'll do that moving forward. Thanks!

      My initial comment quoted the relevant part of the article but I can see how having it in the title would be a better experience for everyone. I'll do that moving forward. Thanks!

      1 vote
  4. Flashynuff
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    If Elon thinks the skill of creativity is important, why does his SpaceX school not include music or languages?

    If Elon thinks the skill of creativity is important, why does his SpaceX school not include music or languages?

    The flipside of that generosity is that Ad Astra reflects some of Musk’s more idiosyncratic views. The school says it has a “heavy emphasis” on science, math, engineering and ethics. It does not teach sports or music at all, and languages fall by the wayside because Musk believes we will all soon have immediate, real-time computer-aided translation, according to Dahn.

    4 votes
  5. [5]
    rodya
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    I'd suggest tagging this with "mark cuban" and "elon musk".

    I'd suggest tagging this with "mark cuban" and "elon musk".

    2 votes
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      Pilgrim
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      Is that needed when those names are in the title? Without a search function, is there any point to tagging?

      Is that needed when those names are in the title? Without a search function, is there any point to tagging?

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        1. Pilgrim
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          Thanks! I'll add those tag then :)

          Thanks! I'll add those tag then :)

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        rodya
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        When search does come you'll want to be able to find the posts though. And it lets people filter topics too.

        When search does come you'll want to be able to find the posts though. And it lets people filter topics too.

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        1. Pilgrim
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          Good point. Wasn't aware of the filtering and even clicking the tag to see a list of other tagged stories, but I should have known that as it's common across the web.

          Good point. Wasn't aware of the filtering and even clicking the tag to see a list of other tagged stories, but I should have known that as it's common across the web.

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    Pilgrim
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    Research shows that one million U.S. jobs are expected to disappear by 2026 and one-third of U.S.workers could be jobless by 2030 — all due to automation.

    And workers in the U.S. are ill-prepared for this impending shift, says billionaire investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, he warns that jobs that are currently viewed as safe could be displaced in a matter of years.

    “I personally think there’s going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming,” Cuban tells Bloomberg.

    Why? Because when the data is already being “spit out” for you in industries like finance or tech, he says, companies will want employees who are “freer thinkers” and can bring a “different perspective” to the information.

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    1. 39hp
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      I would honestly love to see the future where CNBC et al are telling people to get ‘real degrees’ in the humanities and that STEM funding is a waste of resources.

      “I personally think there’s going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming,” Cuban tells Bloomberg.

      I would honestly love to see the future where CNBC et al are telling people to get ‘real degrees’ in the humanities and that STEM funding is a waste of resources.

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