Focus vs. Knowledge

Before the Internet, most professional occupations required a large body of knowledge, accumulated over years or even decades of experience. But now, anyone with good critical thinking skills and the ability to focus on the important information can retrieve it on demand from the Internet, rather than her own memory… The bottom line is that how well an employee can focus might now be more important than how knowledgeable he is.

David Dalrymple, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology