Computers: Are Whizzes Washed Up at 35?

To compete, says an M.I. T. study, they need to keep retraining

Professional football players expect it: ten or twelve years after college, their reflexes go, they slow down, younger players overtake them. But at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently, some 800 representatives from government, industry and academe were told that the same fate befalls, of all people, engineers. Particularly in the fast-moving fields of computer science and electrical engineering, former whizzes who are now middle-aged were described as fighting a losing battle to keep from falling behind intellectually. All too often, M.I.T. Electrical Engineering Professor Louis Smullin told the Oct....

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