A new episode of Off Book for PBS Digital Studios has been released, with the title “Is Code the Most Important Language in the World?”
As technology becomes ever more pervasive, the people who actually create it have an increasingly influential impact on our lives. Their ability to code allows them to mold our interactions with computers, and define what services computers bring to us. In essence, coders have become the gatekeepers of how our culture uses technology. Because of this, many people now preach that everyone should learn how to code, saying that knowledge of programming languages is akin to reading & writing. But is it reasonable to assume that everyone will learn how to code? And what are the repercussions if we continue to have coding and non-coding classes?
Off Book is a PBS web series that explores cutting-edge art, internet culture, and the people that create it. This episode wishes to give an overview of what code is and why it matters nowadays. Even if we all currently use different technologies deriving from engineering disciplines – such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, etc – of which we may have little detailed understanding, it is important to highlight how coding is the language used from the IT creators. Code is actually how they think.