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Are We All Programmable?

February 9, 2015 — 1 Comment

The average worker bee’s life is five to seven weeks long. Within this time, they spend around 8 days developing, 12 days working inside the hive, and the remaining 22 days foraging for food and gathering pollen and nectar. Bees are a nearly perfectly efficient system where all members do exactly what they need to ensure the survival of their own species.

If something went wrong with the bee’s programming, they could quickly go extinct because their dependency on the whole group is too great to live individually.

The turn “Programmable” has stuck in my head for over a year now when one of my friend’s co-workers described a suburb north of Dallas as being very programmable. All the kids go to a massive high school and get into a good university, and four years later they’re in the workforce. They do just as their parents did before them and they feed the corporate world with plenty of workers.

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I found this gem of a post while doing some research for a current post I’m working on. I actually never posted it, but by the¬†references in the post I must have written it in 2011. Just to honor my work, I’m going to post it largely unchanged, and then I’ll write an update and continuation next week. Enjoy ūüôā

By 2010 I’d be six years out of college, and I was sure to reside in a downtown high rise overlooking Central Park in New York City.¬† It would have been a result of my taking the business world by storm, and relentlessly chasing my dreams until I beat them into submission.¬† Actually, the exact plan was to move to Dallas after college, transfer to New York City, and then off to London.

The plan for success didn’t include what I would actually do, but I think ‘business’ was the common answer.¬† The answer wasn’t important at that point, but I knew I would be successful and that sounded like an ideal succession of cities to conquer!¬† This dream of my was formulated well in High School in 1999.¬† My parents recently reminded me of this and I had to laugh. Continue Reading…