Become a Pragmatic Data Scientist | Andy Hunt


October 29th, 2021

1 hr 9 mins 6 secs

Season 17

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[00:04:41-00:04:43] "I probably discovered computers around seventy six, seventy seven or so. In fact, the very first computer I ever experienced up close and personal not just read about was a teletype typewriter with an acoustic color. And you know, the kids in the audience are going, What's an acoustic coupler, grandpa? Right? If you remember the movie war games, you dial the phone with a handset and you stick a handset down in these foam cups and it goes. It makes the noises, and that's how you talk to the big giant mainframe, you know, and then literally in the next county over. So that was sort of my first, my first experience and I was hooked."

[00:35:54] "You are told in school that you're a dummy, that you can't ever learn anything that you're not good at Math. Oh my God. You know, I'm not a violent person, but I would shoot every teacher who told some girl, Oh, girls aren't good at math. You don't need to study that right? Bullshit. Hundred percent legit bullshit. The problem with that Is if you've been told by an authority figure, by a teacher that you can't learn something and then you believe it, then your brain wires itself so that you're not going to be able to learn it. It's a self modifying machine and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Which, to me, it's criminal. It's absolutely criminal."

Highlights from the show:

[00:01:32] Guest Introduction

[00:02:40] Talk to us a little bit about where you grew up and what was it like there.

[00:05:54] From the early age, did you just decide I'm going to go to school and I'm going to study computers and software?

[00:11:00] What is it with this pragmatic stuff? What does that mean to you?

[00:13:14] What if you're somebody who's just been constrained by your processes?

[00:20:16] Is it possible for me to be able to think like a software engineer, like an exceptional software engineer or software developer without necessarily being one?

[00:34:04] What is expertize and why is it so difficult to articulate?

[00:38:25] Can you talk to us about what Dreyfus model is and and why is it important that we understand this Dreyfus model?

[00:41:58] What's a good way for us to kind of accurately self assess where we would fall on this spectrum?

[00:54:18] How was it that you got interested in these type of books (pragmatic thinking) and how have they helped you and your journey?

[00:58:15] It's one hundred years in the future. What do you want to be remembered for?

[01:00:50] What is GROWS method?

[01:06:23] What are you listening to right now? What do you have on kind of repeat?

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