Text Patterns - by Alan Jacobs

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

behold, thy salvation cometh

Samuel Arbesman thinks we have a problem: too many specialists, not enough generalists. The age of the polymath is over, but we can bring it back! How? Why, we just need to give people the right tools, that is, we need to “embrace the machines” — the computing machines — and teach everybody to code. “Far from being a tech-centric perspective, coding connects ideas across fields.” When tech is everything, then we won’t be tech-centric anymore.

So we see once more that technological solutionism has a response to every problem — but it’s always exactly the same response. Salvation is sola codes, by code alone. In code we trust. Code is the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to polymathy except by it. Blessed be the knowledge of the code. At the compilation of the code every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that code is Lord. Amen.

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