Prof David A Patterson’s lecture on bad career moves. Sage contrarian advice from a legend in our field. In order to get on the fast track to bad career, you can …

  • Invent a field and Stick to it
  • Let Complexity be Your Guide (Confuse Thine Enemies)
  • Never be Proven Wrong
  • Use the Computer Scientific Method
  • Avoid Feedback
  • Publishing Journal Papers is Technology Transfer
  • Write Many (Bad) Papers by following 5 writing commandments
  • Give Bad Talks by following 7 talk commandments

I love that he follows the section on bad career advice with a section on “alternatives to a bad career.” That’s my mission, to find an alternative to a bad career. This is a (little) bit more optimistic than the Matt Foley advice.

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