Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Master the Code or Become Its Slave

The computer algorithm.  What is it?  Most people couldn't tell you what a computer algorithm is, let alone, how they have forever changed our lives.  From my understanding, a computer algorithm is a set of instructions that allow the computer to perform a "task" with correctness and efficiency each time.  But I'm no computer scientist.  I'm an illiterate when it comes to computer programming.  That's entirely my fault.  I have participated in Hour of code sessions and found them to be quite fun.

It is becoming ever more clear to me that learning to write computer code is going to be the skill of the first half of this century.  There are going to be two types of people in this country as we reach the middle of the 21st: those that can code (the computer masters) and those that cannot (the slaves of technology).  A binary world.  The wealth of the "Haves" will be accelerated by owning the robots that squeeze ever more capital away from the "Have-nots."  Proprietary algorithms will create even more fractures in careers we once thought of as bullet proof.

Do you guys remember those people on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange?  I think they were called, traders.  Where have they gone?  Replaced by the Internet and computers.  What about the truck delivery companies like UPS and FedEx and their once large workforces?  Computer algorithms were able to dwindle the need for drivers by solving best route problems.  The last of the money managers today are fighting off the likes of Wealthfront and Betterment.  Taxi drivers compete with Uber users.  Even anesthesiologists have seen the robot bring down the castle drawbridge.  It's only a matter of time before most traditional careers become a thing of the past and a reality arises where everyone is doing several hustles a day.  Public and private school educators are still around today simply because our economy still needs babysitters.  Somebody needs to look after the kids while the  workers battle each other for scraps.  I'm not saying this to be offensive.  It's a brutal reality I myself face.  I know deep down in my heart that there is more than enough information on the Internet to educate a child from pre-K to job.  

Many Masters in Business Administration programs at Ivy League schools are now starting to make computer programming part of the future CEO curriculum.  Take the case of CS50 for MBAs: Computer Science for Business Leaders at HBS.  This is so future CEOs figure out how to replace more labor with robots and not chop off their own heads while they're at it.  But you don't have to fall victim to this code or bust economic paradigm.  In fact, you can finally become a 21st century citizen by learning to code without majoring in computer science or shelling out thousands of dollars.  Why pay for someone to do your business website the way you want it when you can do it yourself?  Why pay for someone to create an app for you when YOU can do it?  Why pay for your child's expensive coding classes when you can teach your child how it's done?

You can learn how to code at Khanacademy.org or my personal favorite, Teamtreehouse.com.  You don't have to be a financial victim of technology.  Learn the new language of power and future prosperity!

Thanks for reading!  Comments?  Questions?  Please share your opinion below.  

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