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  • but, my flying car has taken care of that.

    Seriously, talking about computers being 40 Million times more powerful leads to some pretty silly conclusions.

    While raw computing power may have improved 40 Million times, programming has not advanced anywhere nearly as much. I would hardly trust Windows (or even Unix) systems to do a lot of launching programs based on what it "thinks" I need, or trusting that it really gets the gist of my natural language request. I could see this really getting out of hand, ordering 50 Million pizzas for tonight's party or letting the dog out in sub-zero weather and forgetting to let the dog back in in 5 minutes.

    We had a professor in the CS department at my University over 20 years ago who was telling us that only a few of us would have jobs in Programming in 5 years because automated AI systems generating programs from natural language requirements would obviate the need for most programmers. AFAICT, we're no closer to that dream today than we were then.

    I feel the same way about these kind of predictions.

    BTW, I do like to listen to a lot of audio, music, letures, radio programs, while I work. This technetcast is quite a find! Thanks!

    • >This technetcast is quite a find!

      It's pretty darned cool.

      >talking about computers being 40 Million times more powerful leads to some pretty silly conclusions.

      Take a listen to the talk. Rashid is not making the argument that improved processing speed / storage capacity magically allow us to develop cool stuff. His argument (perhaps poorly summarized by me) is that the choices that OS designers made may have been reasonable 2-3 decades ago. However, partly because of processing and storage imp