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Questions vs answers - Vectr Weekly #10

Questions vs answers
September 23 · Issue #10 · View online
Vectr Weekly
Questions vs answers

A question: What's more important, knowing a lot of answers, or asking good questions?
It’s not that the two have to be mutually exclusive, but we would argue for the latter.
Consider this: convenience and efficiency are king on the internet. How quickly and easily can you find whatever it is that you’re looking for? Enter search engines. Type any query into the small box and voila, thousands of answers in a millisecond, with the best ones listed first. You don’t even have to finish typing in a query. Algorithms will do that for you.
But there are a couple problems inherent in search engines and other internet technologies that we spend a lot of time thinking about at Vectr.
First, because there is so much content across the web, people are diverted from introspection. There’s little incentive to sit with your questions and develop your own answers. It’s much easier to just find what others have said.
Secondly, machine learning algorithms are notoriously bad at contextualizing and conceptualizing meaning. It’s the reason we have biased algorithms everywhere we look and racist bots on Twitter.
Our hope is that, when you ask a question on Vectr, your experience is altogether different. You aren’t offered up machine organized answers in an instance. Rather, you have to sit with that question for a bit, and when you do receive an answer (from another human being), the context is well understood.

Stay curious!
Jeremy & Jake
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