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Friday, June 12, 2009

Predictions vs Present

Back in the 60's many people said that the future was robots that could walk and talk. In fact, the movie 2001 featured HAL 9000 an artificial intelligence computer companion. Sadly, that future never will come true.

Another prediction took a more sinister twist. Back in the 60's most computer programmers were men. There were futurists who said that women would soon fill the high paying high tech jobs of the future. In fact, most women said that programming was for nerds only. Although a few american women became programmers in the 80's, by the 90's US firms started OUTsourcing jobs to India. Those american women became teachers (usually math) and it was again mostly men.