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When you think of code, what pops into your head? The unseen architecture behind Facebook and Google? Alan Turing cracking the enigma machine?Neo in The Matrix? Philip Auerswald, a and the author of , wants us to broaden our definition of code. And he thinks that viewing code in a new way can help us keep up with our transforming society.
- Philip Auerswald says we should think of everything from recipes, to laws, to on-the-job instructions as a form of code. They’re the algorithms that guide production in our economy.
- Auerswald says that one of the first instances of humans using code was two million years ago, when our ancestors crushed or cut food before eating it. That meant that we were spending less energy digesting food, which freed up energy to grow our brains.
- According to Auerswald, jobs are a relatively new phenomenon. They’re a new way of transmitting code, which popped up over the last 200 years. But they aren’t necessarily going to last.
- Auerswald goes in-depth on how code built civilization in .
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- Here’s a about the history of programming languages.