Computer Science is Changing Everything


I think 19th century was about the Industrial Revolution about electricity about disrupting their agricultural society and making it more advanced the 20th century was about physics and engineering to do more things easier in our everyday life from refrigerators to washing machines and the 21st century is definitely the digital age it’s the Internet even if you want to become a race car driver or play baseball or you know build a house and all of these things have been turned upside down by software the lettuce pot is a robot it can sense its environment every single hour this lettuce pot is seeing 1.5 million plants and it’s taking individual action on those plants we enable lettuce growers to have higher yields in their fields I hope we make it cheaper by helping to produce food in a more sustainable way and that wasn’t previously possible without computer science and technology I have a really fun job where we build Polyvore which kind of combines all my favorite things so programming as well as fashion and art and design and shopping half the products you use these days are software products that you play with on maybe your phone and so if you want to build something cool you need to know programming right and there’s so many things that you can do with computer science so if you just work backwards from the cool thing that you want to build and figure out what that is a lot of times computer programming is part of that right so you should learn this skill it’s really exciting right now the technology that we’re developing right now is gonna be used by your doctor and you know in the next decade you and you come into the office and you’re sick now the doctor is gonna be like all right you know spit in this cup and I will put it into this magic machine which is the sequencer and in an hour I can tell you what you have or what’s wrong with you so if we’re looking for a new virus for examples we’ll download a database of all the viruses that are known and we’ll search for you know our sequence of interest against a whole database of all viruses so you still need somebody to analyze the data the computer is not smart enough yet our software helps people save energy and thereby reduce their carbon emissions to date we’ve saved over eight terawatt-hours which is the equivalent of about 1.1 million cars on the road when you’re forecasting the wind there are so many different parameters that go into it it would be impossible for a human to sit down and do all those calculations we need a computer model in order to forecast it most people don’t think about technology and public safety is going together but our software is actually changing the way that law enforcement is capturing transferring and managing their digital evidence on a daily basis turns out that when officers are wearing our cameras they see a drastic reduction in use of force as well as a drastic reduction in the amount of complaints being leveraged against their agency ultimately resulting in safer communities the merging of art and technology is getting more and more significant now because computers and software are such an integral part of our lives day to day people are realizing that it can be quite creative to take this medium of computers and create incredible works of art in Finding Nemo when crushed and squirt and all the friends are flying through the East Australian current you’re seeing images of water flowing by you’re seeing the colors on the back of the turtle you’re seeing sides of the fish all of those things are generated through math and computer programs that we write that we then give to the artists and they take that to to create that final image and tweak it and make it look beautiful and look fun the crux of it is really about invention it’s about looking at the world and and being dissatisfied with things and questioning everything I was felt like if I didn’t learn how to program it it would be like not learning how to read you know the the future would just be closed to me if you’re in the coding profession there’s so many things that you can do and you can pretty much pick and choose the course you want to be in I think that you can start something in your college dorm room and you can have a set of people who haven’t built a big company before come together and build something that a billion people use this bar their daily lives this is just crazy to think about her and it’s really it’s humbling it’s amazing really it’s about the chance to reinvent things and then see it out there in the world and see people using it and having fun or having a better life because of something that wasn’t there before that you put in the world

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