Forgers versus Honers

An excerpt from Diamond Age Neal Stephenson (1995)

"Hackworth was a forger, Dr. X was a honer. The distinction was at least as old as the digital computer. Forgers created a new technology and then forged on to the next project, having explored only the outlines of its potential. Honers got less respect because they appeared to sit still technologically, playing around with systems that were no longer start, hacking them for all they were worth, getting them to do things the forgers had never envisioned."

Why do I blog this? an interesting metaphor to be re-used in an upcoming talk.