“Trading Old Skills for New”

If you are involved with a lab that does bacterial identification, the chances are that you already have, or are thinking about getting a MALDI-TOF system.

Some people worry that with new systems like this we will forget some of our old skills (using “benchtop biochemical tests”) in identifying bacteria.

Undoubtedly we will lose some of our old skills, but with time we will learn a new set in their place.

I am sure there aren’t many people out there nowadays who can repair an old valve TV. However that doesn’t mean that our viewing experience is now worse. (some people might argue this!)

Time moves on, technology moves on. We need to embrace the new systems and while not completely forgetting the old ones, re-direct our focus and our learning.

That is the way of the world…

“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart and if you give them the tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” Steve Jobs



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