Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Link: The death of computing

Here is a link to a very well considered piece "The death of computing" from Neil McBride at the British Computing Society, which deserves to be read. I suspect that much of his arguments also apply to scientific computing.

If you can't be bothered to read the whole article, settle for this snippet: "If the gap between public knowledge and academic curriculum isn't large enough, the gap between academia and industry practice is a gaping hole. While academic departments concentrate on developing new computer systems in an ideal organisational environment, a lot of industry has moved away from in-house development to a focus on delivering a service."


Anonymous said...

Keith Mander has posted a response to the original article. Mander suggests that the demise of computer science has been exaggerated.

ctc3d said...

The author of that article clearly did not just return from Neural Information Processing Systems 2008. NIPS had more attendees than ever pushing the absolute limits of today's computing systems, desperately trying to approximate the massive probabilistic models needed for hard problems like computer vision and language processing.