Software Wars, mesaj pentru mase

Ne sperie gandul declansarii unor razboaie, dar ce ar fi daca v-as spune ca suntem in mijlocul unor astfel de conflicte? Indivizii se lupta constant pentru ceva anume, in economie, in politica, in cultura (pentru subzistenta aici, cred), etc. Ca atare, lucrurile stau cam asa si in sfera software. Nu o spun eu, o spun magicienii codurilor, cum i-am denumit eu pe specialistii din domeniu. Keith Curtis nu va spune mai nimic, probabil, insa el este promotorul unei astfel de idei. L-am citat in cateva articole si ii voi urmari constant scrierile. After the Software Wars este cartea sa, iar recent Keith a scos un film in care isi promoveaza ideile. Mai mult, el a lansat o adevarata campanie de informare a maselor, pentru a reliefa coerent avantajul utilizarii de free software. Razboiul sau este, mai ales, cu Windows, companie in care a lucrat mai bine de 11 ani. A renuntat la proprietary software si a trecut la Linux, intai experimentand Fedora. Rezultatul? A fost magie.

“Nu poti construi un avion in timp ce el merge, insa senzatia asta mi-a dat-o Fedora”, spune Keith intr-un interviu pentru linux.com.

Una dintre ideile atractive este aceea a cooperarii. Keith spune in cartea sa ca este foarte important ca toti oamenii de stiinta din lume sa conlucreze, sa coopereze pentru avansul tehnologic. De fapt, aceasta ar fi calea progresului exponential general, cu toate ca suntem martorii unui astfel de progres, insa individual. De aceeasi baricada este si parintele Linux, Linus Torvalds.
“Software Wars” is important because it’s about the idea that with more cooperation among scientists, we can build a better and fun world. People have been working on artificial intelligence (AI) for 50 years, but mostly in small groups. If they had been working together, we’d know their names the way we know of Linus and his lieutenants. Google is working on language translation by themselves. Their code for driverless cars (much written in C#, I believe) is also not built with the help of a community. IBM’s Watson was proprietary even while it leveraged a lot of existing code. The biotech world has tons of proprietary software and closed and fragmented repositories of data. We have more than enough people to solve many problems, but we need to encourage people to work together effectively. Teaching Python to kids >= 8 will be one of the case studies.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s