The New York Times discovers a use for hillbillies

The hills have gone high tech. Sniff. Fetch the air freshener:

Traveling through eastern Kentucky, American sociologist Arlie Hothschild, “who studies work, family and the American right,” chronicles the changes in work patterns [toward careers in programming]:

“Worse, some saw rural Kentuckians as dubious recruits — tooth-free, grinning, moonshine-drinking hillbillies. “It’s a terrible myth,” an Interapt administrator who is the daughter of an unemployed Pikeville coal miner told me. “A hillbilly can do anything.””

At present, says Hochschild, Ankur Gopal and Interapt are sourcing as many new hillbillies as they can find: “For now, there is so much demand for I.T. workers — 10,000 estimated openings by 2020 in the Louisville metro area alone — that Mr. Gopal is reaching out to new groups. “We’re talking with the Department of Defense about a 16-week, eight-hour-a-day coding training program for vets returning from Afghanistan and Iraq to Fort Knox,” he said.” More. (Mind Matters Today)

See also: So lifelike … Another firm caught using humans to fake AI. Byzantine claims and counterclaims followed as other interpreters came forward with similar stories. According to Qian, something similar happened last year…

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Maybe iGen really IS fragile Note: The point of the article at Mind Matters Today is not that the prof beaters and car rollers are somehow okay or justified but that they may really be as fragile as they claim. Of course, that may mean they are no use to themselves or anyone else. But consider what they have been raised with – and by whom – before you judge whether it’s true or not. – Denyse

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