Archive for January 8, 2014
It is cool to have a professional basketball player promoting learning to program in Wired. This connects to an idea that I’ve been exploring with Betsy diSalvo. What is the impact of this kind of image? I don’t think it’s negligible. It’s not sufficient to get a kid into computing, but I wonder if it’s the hook to get them to consider computing.
Being a kid of the 1990s and living in a house run by tech-savvy parents, I began to notice that the world around me was spinning on an axis powered by varying patterns of 1s and 0s. We’d be fools to ignore the power of mastering the designing and coding of those patterns. If brute physical strength ran one era, and automation the next, this is the only way we can keep up. Most jobs of the future will be awarded to the ones who know how to code.
We use code every time we’re on the phone, on the web, out shopping — it’s become how our world is run. So I take comfort in having a basic understanding of how something as big as this works.