It's a thought I've had in my mind for a good long while, but between Blindsight and your own Special Unit, the idea coalesced more clearly. Among the many conflicts we can expect to see in the futures, Specialization vs. The Perfected Search Engine is probably one of them.
I think constantly-improved Specialization is going to win (after all, The Perfected Search Engine is going to be one of the tools of the specialist), although the price of it is being more of a pawn.
OTOH, the price of being a generalist is that you can't be on the cutting edge of anything, which sucks *bad*. (Sure, you can be a Manfred and do integration, but that -and maybe politics or business- are the only fields where we'll find generalists at the cutting edge), I think.
This depresses me a lot. At the moment, I'm more of a generalist than anything else, but I do feel the lack of any field where I can say "this I do as well as anybody else."
OTOH, the price of being a generalist is that you can't be on the cutting edge of anything, which sucks *bad*.
This has already happened. It's called being an administrator XD
Basically, while you're not on the cutting edge of anything, you *do* get to boss the people who are around, act as a hub for their work to interface with that otherwise-unrelated specialties. Say, math savants working with linguists working with idunno, statisticians maybe, to crack an alien or AI-created language/code with their generalist-boss keeps them on task ... shit. I think both Rainbows End and Deepness in the Sky did this already.
but I do feel the lack of any field where I can say "this I do as well as anybody else."
Hey! I'm willing and able to pwn anyone on Earth in Mortal Kombat II ... and I'll fight anyone who claims otherwise :D