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Do you find yourself worried by the implications of Humans, the new TV drama about the exploits of near-human intelligent robots? Have you ever fretted over the apocalyptic warnings of Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk about the threat of superintelligent artificial intelligence? If you find this creepy or have answered “yes”, you should immediately watch footage from the recent DARPA Robotics Challenge.
From the computers in our cars to the ATMs that spit out our money, our lives are run by software and hardware. Yet not everyone knows how code actually works and why it’s so important. Bloomberg Businessweek’s explanation will enlighten and engage you on the subject of programming.
While computers are poor at creativity, they are adept at crunching through vast numbers of solutions to modern problems where there are numerous complex variables at play. Take the question of finding the best delivery plan for a distribution company — where best to begin? How many vehicles? Which stretches of road need to be avoided at which times? If you want to get close to a sensible answer, you need to ask a computer.
One of Microsoft’s big selling points for the about-to-hit Windows 10 is that you’ll be able to use the built-in Windows Store to purchase any Windows app and ensure it is kept to up-to-date. But will anyone actually want to use a feature that’s mostly associated with the less pleasant aspects of Windows 8? And how can Microsoft persuade developers to make the switch?
Getting into Android development can be rewarding, but there’s also a lot you need to learn. If you have some experience with code but want to transition to becoming a developer, Udacity has a year-long curriculum of material straight from Google that can get you started.