Philip K. Dick theorizes The Matrix in 1977, says that we live in “a computer-programmed reality”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXeVgEs4sOo[/youtube]

The Hugo Award was given to Philip K. Dick in 1963 for his novel The Man in the High Castle. He beat out such sci-fi luminaries as Marion Zimmer Bradley and Arthur C. Clarke. The Guardian writes about this novel, “Nothing in the book is as it seems. Most characters are not what they say they are, most objects are fake.” The plot—an alternate history in which the Axis Powers have won World War II—turns on a popular but contraband novel called The Grasshopper Lies Heavy. Written by the titular character, the book describes the world of an Allied victory, and—in the vein of his worlds-within-worlds thematic—Dick’s novel suggests that this book-within-a-book may in fact describe the “real” world of the novel, or one glimpsed through the novel’s reality as at least highly possible.

 

 

Continue reading… “Philip K. Dick theorizes The Matrix in 1977, says that we live in “a computer-programmed reality””

‘Hello Ruby’ – a children’s book that teaches programming to 4 – 7 year olds

Finnish programmer Linda Liukas had a major crush on Al Gore as a teenager. She wanted to share her passion for the then-vice president with a fan page. She didn’t have the pre-made templates that Tumblr and WordPress now place at our fingertips so built a site from scratch by teaching herself HTML and CSS.

 

 

Continue reading… “‘Hello Ruby’ – a children’s book that teaches programming to 4 – 7 year olds”

Developing apps for wearable computing poses new challenges for developers

There will be a job market for wearable computer developers and engineers.

Developers are still learning how to use Google Glass. The Glass Development Kit is expected to be unveiled shortly and will build on the Android toolkits that a small but growing developer community is learning their way around the platform. But there are unique challenges for wearable computer software creation. How do you create apps for a wearable computer that lacks a mouse, a keyboard, and a touchscreen? How do you create programs for a hybrid of glasses and a computer that depends on a voice interface and a single button? It creates challenges.

 

 

Continue reading… “Developing apps for wearable computing poses new challenges for developers”

Elementary school students in Finland to learn coding

Teaching programming is part of an effort to encourage the development of tech skills at an early age.

In the near future, elementary school students in Finland could be adding coding and programming to their nightly homework routine. Following in the footsteps of neighboring country Estonia, Alexander Stubb,  the Finnish Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade, says that teaching basic programming skills to young kids in the classroom is on the country’s radar.

 

 

Continue reading… “Elementary school students in Finland to learn coding”

Coding is a privilege which is not available to most Americans: Code.org creators

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc[/youtube]

A video on coding education trended higher on February 26th than the video of Jennifer Lawrence’s adorable fall at the Oscars. The short YouTube film, dubbed “What most schools don’t teach,” features interviews with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates. The goal, according to the video’s creator Hadi Partovi, is to make coding seem cool to kids.

 

 

Continue reading… “Coding is a privilege which is not available to most Americans: Code.org creators”

Top 7 reasons you need to learn reactive programming

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22 percent growth in programming jobs in by 2020.

Steve Jobs said, in the now infamous “Lost Interview,” “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” We all know that learning to code is one of the most hyped skills right now – and for good reason, considering the insatiable demand for developers.

Continue reading… “Top 7 reasons you need to learn reactive programming”

Gates and Zuckerberg back code.org’s mission to teach 10 million students to code

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates

If you care at all about technology odds are that back in February you were one of the roughly 12 million people who viewed the video “What Most Schools Don’t Teach,” featuring the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh encouraging kids to learn to code.

 

Continue reading… “Gates and Zuckerberg back code.org’s mission to teach 10 million students to code”

Average salary per programming language

PHP is a very accessible language, and it makes sense that casual / younger / lower paid programmers can easily contribute.

Ben Podgursky, a Software Engineer at Liveramp, a few weeks ago, described how he used Git commit metadata plus the Rapleaf API to build aggregate demographic profiles for popular GitHub organizations.

 

 

Continue reading… “Average salary per programming language”

Discover the Hidden Patterns of Tomorrow with Futurist Thomas Frey
Unlock Your Potential, Ignite Your Success.

By delving into the futuring techniques of Futurist Thomas Frey, you’ll embark on an enlightening journey.

Learn More about this exciting program.