I have trouble relating when people describe themselves as not a 'computer person', or otherwise treat computing as some sort of black box magic.

It seems obvious to me that computers and programming knowledge can extend human cognition and agency just as much as reading and math.

I'm sure both those domains were thought of as an academic field unnecessary to the commoner for a long time. I think thats were computing is today.

@zacharius a lot of consumer products being created nowadays are basically easier forms of programming. variations on excel, dropbox as rsync, sales tools as spam scripts, etc... many modern design tools are even folding in concepts like variables.

Typing text into an editor may actually be a very unnatural form of representing thought: vimeo.com/97903574


@aRandomCat typing text to program thoughts is definitely unnatural.

There are plenty of attempts at doing away with that but the Lindy Effect of text is too strong.

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