Outliers 37: Computing pioneer Bob Frankston says algorithms are the new bureaucracy

Pankaj Mishra October 6, 2017 1 min

“When you see a door, you should get curious,” says Robert M. “Bob” Frankston, a computing pioneer who co-developed VisiCalc, a spreadsheet program with Dan Bricklin way back in 1979. We are discussing the engineering crisis and what should a young programmer do to stay relevant.

“I hate the word coding; it’s like calling writing, typing.”

As I sat with Bob for this episode of Outliers Podcast, we discussed everything from the future of computer programming to how algorithms and their masters such as Facebook, Google and Amazon are beginning to take control of our lives.

“Algorithms are the new bureaucracy,” he says. Listen in.


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