Posted by on 05/10/2017

James Somers writes in his article The Coming Software Apocalypse, that Bret Victor told him, “I’m not sure that programming has to exist at all.”

(If you haven’t heard of Bret Victor, watch his The Future of Programming presentation.)

Should programming, as the practice exists today, be wiped out?

If the answer to this question is, “Yes,” I think it cuts programmers out of the picture of today’s software engineering.

Imprecise language used in the media does not help the matter. Here’s an example where the reader is told that “machine learning engineers” (what’s a machine learning engineer?) does not have to know how the tasks are executed. [1]Wired, Soon we Won’t Program Computers

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