Not rocket science?
It’s not rocket science.
Now...when you were first coming in contact with these computers and inventing them before the HP1900,
you do talk about writing programs.
What sort of programs?
What do people actually do with these things?
See what we did with them, well, I would give you a simple example …
when we were designing our blue-box we used…
we wrote a lot of custom programs to help us design it.
you know to do a lot of the dog work for us in terms of calculating, master frequencies with sub devisor to get the other frequencies and things like that…
we use computer quite a bit to calculate how much error we would get in the frequencies, and how much can be tolerated.
so we use them in the work, but much more importantly, it does nothing to do with using them for anything practical…
have to do with using them to be a mirror of your thought process, to actually learn how to think.
I think the greatest value of learning how to think....
I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, should learn a computer language,
because it teaches you how to think, it’s like going to law school,
I don’t think anybody should be a lawyer, but I think going to law school may actually be useful coz it teaches you how to think in a certain way.
In the same way the computer programming teaches you in a slightly different way how to think...
And so … I view computer science as a liberal art. It should be something everybody takes in a year in their life, one of the courses they take is, you know learning how to program.