When I first read this article, I thought “How sad” but as I mulled it over more and more I started to think of all the people who I have met in the Tech industry that have no idea how any of this stuff works and could care less about learning. I think to this certain set of people their first reaction would be that if they are losing out to positions or jobs it must be because they are getting older, not that they have stopped learning.
I don’t think the tech industry cares what people look like. I have never run into that. What I have run into is people of all ages in the tech industry who are seat warmers. They are there for the paycheck. They do not want to learn new things, they do not even want to put the energy into understanding what their companies does NOW much less in helping it move into the future.
The tech industry is not Hollywood or the fashion industry or major sports but it is very darwinian just the same. If you do not want to be there someone will come and take your place. It may not be right away but after a while people will recognize that you don’t know what you are talking about or you don’t care or both and then it’s just a matter of time before the buzzards start circling.