Basic Research vs Applied Science
Thank you for your deeply thought article. Yes it is too early yet to see practical applications using Occams test, but breaking out of boxes is what prevents us from progress. Think about how many light bulbs Edison tried before he found carbon filament! We are simply too lazy to ask big questions. If you keep working in the direction of your intuition, you may invent the next computer language. Those people who learn to think out-side-the-box unfortunately have to put up with lots of negative energy. That is the main reason why leadership is so hard. It is also the satisfaction. Keep up the good work..
It has always been about how much one person can comprehend. We have too much RAM and too little time. After patching with bash and perl we have lots of duplicated subroutines located in our software. This all fits within a programming language spectrum. I like to program in Ada 95 but others don't. You can do a lot in a day with with bash scripts. After all the software is free, so what is there to be upset about?
Computers are a new subject, like a teenager, it is full of juice and going in 100 directions at once. Give it a few more years, maybe another 30 years and look what will happen.
In the beginning we had radio. As a 9 year old kid I built crystal sets until I could afford a 1T4 tube and a 45 volt battery. Wow that was cool. I still had headphones, but it was so clear! In another 30 years we had stereo components and walkmans. Now 45 years later, we don't have 'radios' any more, we have other 'things' and they all have radio parts, but be now call them cars and houses. Can you even buy a car without a radio? Things get stuck together and they get transformed from nouns into adverbs. They are not unique and separate any more, they become foot notes of something else. That something else is what is now 'cool'. That is the killer application.
The next killer application might be speech recognition and machine cognition. That way the house knows what you are in the mood for and it plays that kind of music. The first person to do that may have just written a perl script but within 20 years it will be done in hardware. Once you know where you want to go (software is the best playground for this activity) then you can build it in hardware (the best way to make money?).
It is fun to be alive! We get to see this stuff unfold..
Thanks for the article.. Bill Savoie www.dyad.org