Hearing you say that inclines me to recommend to you Peter Galison's work on the evolution of imaging/visualization systems - and subsequent workplace and self-image rearrangements - in High-Energy Physics:
What he describes happening in High-Energy Physics - the rise of digital, dynamic imagery & especially the need for collaborative undertakings - is happening elsewhere now.
Some communities are, however, having trouble entering the "Trading Zone" and accepting the changes in status and self-image implied by having to be there.
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In my early years as an engineer, I spent a week working for Frank Marx, the
President of ABC Engineering. The word "impossible" did not exist for him.
It was a matter of HOW to get it done.
An engineer has to balance pessimism with optimism.
The engineering companies that started Silicon Valley in the fifties and
sixties had a unique "culture". I could see this when I started at Ampex in
1961. I worked with great engineers like Dolby and Bushnell (Pong) and I could
see that they were creative. It made no difference if you went to High
School or had a University degree. Not having a big ego and sharing your ideas
with others was normal.
I have to say that when Nolan told me about his idea of playing games on TV,
I thought he was crazy.