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Is Code the Most Important Language in the World?

As technology becomes ever more pervasive, the people who actually create it have an increasingly influential impact on our lives. Their ability to code allows them to mold our interactions with computers, and define what services computers bring to us. In essence, coders have become the gatekeepers of how our culture uses technology. Because of this, many people now preach that everyone should learn how to code, saying that knowledge of programming languages is akin to reading & writing. But is it reasonable to assume that everyone will learn how to code? And what are the repercussions if we continue to have coding and non-coding classes?

Featuring:
Evan Korth, NYU
Adda Birnir, Skillcrush
Chrys Wu, Journalist
Edd Dumbill

  • ObiWanWotan

    As a ‘programmer’, most of my effort these days is to undo what ‘highly trained users’ have done improperly while using ‘programming tools’ such as Excel and VB Script. There is a reason that people go to colleges for 4 yrs and get a BSc. in Computer Science, with many others going as far as MSc. and Phd. level educations. Making silicon chips think so that an accurate and best-practice solution is developed takes far more ‘brains’ than the average person will ever have. Cheesus, you acedemics sure know how to screw up the real world, don’t you.

Duration: 05:37
Language: EN
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Video Source: YouTube
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Published on: 2013-12-05
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