"Most people know so little that if they were transported 200 years into the past, they wouldn't be able to invent anything any quicker." This viral "shower thought" posted to Reddit is the starting point for our discussion of modern skills. What makes a skill "valuable?" Is a brilliant data analyst who depends on spreadsheets and smartphones less skilled than a woodworker who can build a bench, a campfire, and grow his own food? Are modern skills only as good as the network that connects them? We discuss the generational shift in learning, specialization economies, and skills in the context of their own time — and hypothetical time travel.