NYTimes: Tech's Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd


        The Google engineer who was fired last week over his memo
        wrote that most women were biologically unsuited to working in
        tech because they were more focused on "feelings and
        aesthetics than ideas" and had "a stronger interest in people
        rather than things." Many scientists have said he got the
        biology wrong. But the job requirements of today's programmers
        show he was also wrong about working in tech. In fact,
        interpersonal skills like collaboration, communication,
        empathy and emotional intelligence are essential to the job.
        The myth that programming is done by loner men who think only
        rationally and communicate only with their computers harms the
        tech industry in ways that cut straight to the bottom line.

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