As programmers, we have an innate drive to learn more ways we can tell the computer to do things for us – create apps, control hardware, assist us in our jobs. We actually love learning more programming techniques and even attend meet ups to network with others like ourselves to get more information from others.
Harry Potter became obsessed with several textbooks over the course of his schooling. It is a common trait of fictional magicians and wizards in literature.
Use of magic/coding skills
Google have a slogan: “Don’t be evil”. Following Google’s restructuring under the new company Alphabet Inc… (no matter how many times I say or write that company name, it always sounds odd to me. Is it just me? Yes? Moving on…)
Following Google’s restructuring under the new company Alphabet Inc, the code of conduct was changed to “Do the right thing” (which conjures images of comedian Russell Peters).
The reason for this is that this world is so reliant on software and technology in general, it can easily be used to exploit users (and this happens all the time). Magicians that do the equivalent are commonly referred to as sorcerers. And just like the technological counterparts, it takes a skilful magician to stop an equally skilful sorcerer.
In fact, did you know that Google have offered bounties to programmers, challenging them to hack Google Chrome, expose the vulnerability to them so that Google can continually improve the security of Chrome?
In summary, I guess I can understand why coders are viewed like fictional wizards and magicians. As a result, there are unreasonable expectations of our abilities most times.
But where magicians only need a few moments of concentration to abracadabra your desires into being, for programmers there are many many hours of concentration required to plan, develop and release software.
A quote comes to mind (which is from Arthur C. Clarke, but to my shame I recalled the quote from the Thor movie):
“Magic is just science we don’t understand yet”
Perhaps the link is more apparent than I care to give it credit.
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