Euclid working at his LEGO

The Building Blocks of AI Skill Mastery: Learning from Euclid

Clark Boyd
7 min readMar 27


Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. Carl von Clausewitz

The latest AI developments seemingly open up a world of endless possibility, yet few seem sure of what that world might entail. Employees are understandably intrigued, sometimes even threatened, by the specter of an AI-driven business environment. The fascination of uncertainty surrounds us.

At Novela, our mission is to empower businesses to thrive in the AI age.

More specifically, we want to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to work more effectively with technology. By so doing, we being clarity where there was uncertainty.

In this series, we are looking to the past for reliable, oft-overlooked lessons that could show the way forward. We are focusing on search marketing as our first area of skill development, but we have one eye on expanding far beyond this in the longer term.

This time, we are looking at one of our greatest inspirations: Euclid, the “father of geometry”. Let’s head back to the teeming streets of Alexandria in the 4th century BC, where scholars from across the ancient world meet to discuss ideas.

Euclid laid the groundwork for geometry over two millennia ago with his influential work, “Elements.” You might remember it from high school, perhaps even with residual rancor, although Euclid did write the text for the instruction of adults.

His unique pedagogical approach, which emphasizes learning fundamentals and building a strong foundation, has long-lasting implications for various fields of knowledge, including search marketing.

This might just be the secret to thriving in the AI age.

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Clark Boyd

Tech/business writer, lecturer (Columbia), and data analyst. >500k views on Medium. I used to be with it, but then they changed what ‘it’ was.

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