If What We Made Were Real

Antranig Basman

I argue that we have not yet succeeded in constructing any real software, but merely simulations or cardboard prototypes of software. I criticise the pernicious imperialism of the so-called “computational thinking” which suggests that society should come to think like computer scientists, and instead suggest that computer scientists should come to think more like ordinary citizens. A greater appreciation of the cognitive underpinnings of every- day thought and everyday life will lead us to make durable, flexible things which are widely useful, as opposed to brittle, fragile things that disrupt everyday activities. We’ll make a case study of a paradigm element of traditional programming languages, function application, and consider how alternative building blocks and metaphors can lead to more successful artefacts for humans.

Type of Publication: Paper
Conference: PPIG 2017 - 28th Annual Conference
Publication Year: 2017
Paper #: 23
TitleIf What We Made Were Real
Publication TypePaper
AuthorsBasman, A
PPIG Workshop: 
2017-07-28th