Binary Code

The future of work in a data-driven world

In the computer-fueled, innovation-driven, artificially intelligent world we live and work in, you would think computer programmers had it made.

In the computer-fueled, innovation-driven, artificially intelligent world we live and work in, you would think computer programmers had it made.

Just last week, “60 Minutes” aired a segment on the gender gap in the tech industry and talked about ways that technology companies are trying to get more girls to learn to code. Breaking the glass ceiling in the technology industry is important — for both women and girls and the industry itself. But in the future world of work, coding is not an end goal; it’s a jumping-off point.

Programming, at its most basic, is a solitary act. Programmers are given objective goals, often not knowing how their piece integrates with others, and often working in environments that are far less collaborative than Hollywood would have us believe. Of course, there are exceptions.

But in a future that may be as little as 10 to 20 years away, those exceptions will need to become the norm. And those coders will need much more expansive skills and operational principles to succeed.

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