Sorry for the click bait title.
The following lines of thought must be read with sarcasm:
Crystallized intelligence is so last generation. Who needs wisdom and experience when there is an endless supply of novel never-seen-before problems to solve in any industry?Nobody thinks like this.
Younger minds abundant in fluid intelligence are cheaper to hire than older minds high in crystallized intelligence. That is why interviews test for fluid intelligence; industries are trying to reduce human resource costs.This is close enough but overly academic. It puts effect before cause.
Let us simulate fluid intelligence using crystallized intelligence gained from solving 2n competitive programming problems.This is the Asian solution. It is an arms race between candidates trying to solve a larger number of type of problems than the interviewers can invent, and therefore developing enough crystallized intelligence to solve any fluid intelligence problem that is currently in trend in all interviews
I think the truth is there is simply too many people queuing up to be hired by well known and cool-to-brag-about brands.
There aren’t enough new problems to solve that demands us throwing away all human experience and wisdom. In fact newer problems often tend to require older solutions. That doesn’t mean I am endorsing the Asian solution of solving all types of problems so as to “crack the coding interview” given by cool employers.
The industry resolves high supply of human resources by inventing arbitrary but seemingly relevant challenges to filter out most of the developers. Most of the developers are of similar quality anyway. At the face of complexity all human minds are roughly equal probably because all optimal solution to any random complex problem is roughly of the same quality (like the No free lunch theorem). Also did I mention that no one needs a drill, people just need holes. So by being exceedingly good at drilling holes you can be only as good as another exceedingly good hole driller. May be you should make a better drill and sell it to ever increasing number of people trying to become hole drillers.
At least the software industry and to some extent biotech is held up by the large number of startups that fail. Startups never give 6 rounds of competitive programming interviews but they don’t pay as low as a burger joint. When suddenly rich people feel like they don’t want to bet their low interest money, on 1-in-10 chance for 100x gains from a startup, then we will find a large number of unemployed programmers trying to solve ever-harder-to-solve Kafkaesque puzzles at a few big tech giants that remain.