Linked by David Adams on Sun 8th May 2011 04:15 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Well-known game developer David Braben is a little bit fed up with the state of computer science education these days, which seems to have shifted away from learning programming to some sort of computer-oriented "life skills" class. As the father of eleven and nine year-old boys, I can attest that so far, despite a massive investment on the part of their school in computer equipment, their computer education has consisted mostly of "play this math game" and "don't be victimized by cyber-perverts." Braben's idea to stem this tide: a very, very cheap computer that students can learn to program on.
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RE: The new magic
by j.dalrymple on Mon 9th May 2011 02:02 UTC in reply to "The new magic"
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Priest used to use magic / god power to heal and control society. Rather than learning it, they were told to rely on it and have faith.

Sure, maybe in some mythical/hypothetical society, they did. I don't think the same thing is going on here, though.

How could this have come down to the same thing with computer. We all hate the statement I just made, it look out of place, but it's not that much. For now over 99.9% of computer users (cell phone and digital life gadgets included), technology just work, how it work is some kind of sorcery, but it work! They have faith in that. They fear it and love it just as just as religious messengers teaches older generation to do. This is ridiculous. Who did this? Computer Guru? No. Steve Jobs may be responsible for the whole think different things and technology that doesn't get in the way, but he is not responsible for the decrease of interest in CS.

I'm more than happy when things "just work". I don't need to know the inner workings of every single piece of technology I use. Even in the field of computers, where I work, I don't need to know everything. But that doesn't mean I have some kind of blind, mystical faith in his Holiness Steve Jobs.

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