→ An answer I wrote to this question on Quora.
Software Engineering: What is the truth of 10x programmers?
Do they really exist?…
Let’s answer the other way round: I once had to take heavy anti-histamines for three weeks. My mind was horribly hazy from that, and I felt awake only about two hours per day. However I spent every day working on a matrix multiplication problem.
It was three weeks of failure, because I just could not grasp the problem. I was unable to hold it in my mind.
Then I could finally drop the anti-histamine.
On the first day I solved the problem on my way to buy groceries. On the second day I planned the implementation while walking for two hours . On the third day I finished the program.
This taught me to accept it when people don’t manage to understand things I understand: I know that the brain can actually have different paces and that complexity which feels easy to me might feel infeasible for others. It sure did feel that way to me while I took the anti-histamines.
It also taught me to be humble: There might be people to whom my current state of mind feels like taking anti-histamines felt to me. I won’t be able to even grasp the patterns they see, because they can use another level of complexity.
To get a grasp of the impact, I ask myself a question: How would an alien solve problems who can easily keep 100 things in its mind — instead of the 4 to 7 which is the rough limit for humans?
The European Copyright directive threatens online communication in Europe.
But thanks to massive shared action earlier this year, the European parliament can still prevent the problems. For each of the articles there are proposals which fix them. The parliamentarians (MEPs) just have to vote for them. And since they are under massive pressure from large media companies, that went as far as defaming those who took action as fake people, the MEPs need to hear your voice to know that your are real.
If you care about the future of the Internet in the EU, please Call your MEPs.