September 22, 2003

It's always rather interesting when some of the more "true believer" scientists engage in a little social extrapolation. Check out "The profession's role in the global information society" by Wojciech Cellary in the September 2003 Computer. How's this for a quote: "The common ability to pass an individual's knowledge to computers will be essential because software will be the means both for expressing knowledge and transferring it. Thus, the education system must give the entire society the ability to express and gather knowledge this way." Can you believe it. This guy actually thinks we should all become programmers. Sure, he grants that programming has to become easier, but the idea that everyone needs to know how to encode their knowledge into software is patently ridiculous. He's basically advocating that software will be the only way that knowledge transfer will take place in the future. Doesn't that get us back into Gutenberg's time where we all had to build our own printing press? Hasn't this guy ever heard of TV? I thought reality TV shows were going to be the only method of knowledge transfer in the future. As for encoding our knowledge electronically, wouldn't that include weblogs? So, wouldn't that mean that we're already where Cellery wants us to get? Sheesh.

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