Software Needs Philosophers

Pascal Bourguignon pjb at
Tue May 23 20:49:57 CEST 2006

John D Salt <> writes:

> <corff at> wrote in news:4dbartF19cb9rU1 at
> [Snips]
>> Wrong. We live in a paradise of ideas and possibilities well beyond the
>> wildest dreams of only 20 years ago.
> What exciting new ideas exist in software that are both important and 
> cannot be traced back to 1986 or earlier?

Well, I would have thought of Genetic Programming but it dates back at
least 1980:

    The first experiments with GP were reported by Stephen F. Smith
    (1980) and Nichael L. Cramer (1985), as described in the famous
    book Genetic Programming: On the Programming of Computers by Means
    of Natural Selection by John Koza (1992).

> I'd like to believe that there are some, but I can't think of any at the 
> moment.

I think we're just in a Matrix loop...

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