Each generation builds on the progress of their predecessors. Sometimes the next generation has to fix their inheritance, more often they can build on the foundations of the last generation. Progress is an evolutionary development with its learning curve of trials and errors. Growth and innovation translate ideas into reality. You cannot see errors as failure. View these attempts as adjustments to the transformation of theories within their real world.
As the structure of knowledge grows, you have the ability to create advanced systems. These advancements interact with other systems. Your use of technology to make improvements creates integration issues. In each era as you apply knowledge to expand processes, you need an expanding worldview. You need a generalist mindset in order to understand the environment. You need a polymathic framework that leverages systems thinking.
Polymath is Greek meaning much and varied learning. The computer establishes a playing field known only to a few like Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Da Vinci, Galileo, etc. now this is available to many. The knowledge is available for anyone with access to the Internet. You must know how to find the knowledge and once found how to use it. As the digital culture matures, the databases increase, and cognitive computing becomes a greater reality, you will have the universe at your fingertips. The digital text, pictures, video, and 24/7 links are the basis of the next great Renaissance. Each generation has the advantage of tools that allow you to cope with the expanding complexity of this universe.