The thought struck me that, even if technology advanced to the point where, as in the movie The Matrix, someone could "learn" a skill by simply having muscle memory transferred directly into his body, he wouldn't be able to tell you anything about it. If asked, he'd say something like "It's just intuitive". There would have to be guilds where people actually learn things the hard way, through trial and error guided by books or apprenticeships (to limit the range of "error"). They wouldn't have to be secret; most people would scoff at them as being old-fashioned and obsolete. But the old-timey practitioners would become invaluable if, say, EMP weapons wiped out large parts of the grid for a long time.

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