Zeroes and Ones: a coding generation

September 26, 2019 - Tech Trends

Behind any smartphones, computers, cars, credit cards or banking systems there is code. It is everywhere, even if sometimes we fail to see it. Coding has changed our way of keeping and sharing information, knowledge and data. We have grown with code and it has shaped our world, even if we do not like it. Coding is now something that allows humans to access a whole new world where information, knowledge, data, photos, videos are sent so rapidly that it is quite unthinkable. Through coding, it was possible to find lost people, reunite families and to make the world more accessible.

Coding or the inevitable digitalization of life

Being reluctant to digitalization is sometimes still in vogue. Maybe because we are not familiar with it or because code is behind lots of tools we use at least once a day and we do not understand how it works. And for this simple reason, we need to embrace code and not fear it. Maybe zeroes and ones are too cold for the mind, and maybe it is because for the first time in human history, we do not express ourselves with a language that is thought, but it also means that we can improve ourselves, learn and try to grasp a part of it.

Is coding the next step to salvation?

Some people have already taken the leap and what we have accomplished in only 70 years makes coding at the top of the greatest inventions. We traveled to the moon, revolutionized communication, accessibility, art, music, medicine and robotic. With these new tools, we were able to produce more than before: science has made tremendous steps forward, creative people can design and create precisely what they want, solutions have been found to difficult problems that have been there for centuries, etc. One of these problems involves our will, our desire to go into space. There, we might solve the energy crisis by establishing space stations that could collect unlimited energy from the sun. We could explore our solar system but there is a tiny chance that we will not do it alone. In fact, it is merely impossible since we already need the help from advanced computers and robots. The next step will certainly imply AI that could rise from our brains and take care of us of our problems by proposing solutions that we have never dreamed of before. All of this could not be possible without coding. It will not be English, French nor Latin that will take us there, it will be computer programing. Coding could be our salvation. 

Why coding?

Of course, coding is not perfect, and it is not something that exists without critical thinking, but we cannot deny that it helps us every day. That does not mean that everybody has to know how to code nor that everybody needs to know how to drive or cook. We can still count on each other to exchange services. “Why coding” means that if you want to be part of the future, maybe you should consider a career involving coding. Knowing that near 2025, we should have 75 billion connected devices all around the globe, probably 6 to 7 times the earth’s population. The languages behind them might be different from now but it will still obey the same rules of programming. And to be able to fully understand their potential, we might need to keep interest in coding. 

Those future jobs only respond to the advance of technology. As we are experimenting now, we see every day jobs disappearing and new ones rising. Robots are doing simple but repetitive work, accountants may be replaced sooner than we think, doctors have to cope with AI that are sharper to diagnosis patients, and supermarket cashiers are already being replaced by automatic pay stations. Behind all of that, there is code. Is it a good thing? It might be too soon to judge these new steps, but we are right in time to try to understand the logic behind coding. We are living a work revolution and the transition may appear difficult. But it is a necessary step that may lead to a more beautiful future. And during this transitional period, it is not coding that will ease the process but rather humans… maybe supported by some zeroes and ones. 

Jorris Sermet

Community Manager LeWagon Lausanne - Journalist - Historian at Le Wagon Lausanne
Radio host, historian and philosopher, Jorris has worked as a journalist in the tech and videogames industry for the past 9 years. Radio host for RTN and RTS, he has developed some special interests in both of these fields by hosting shows. Thinking about the use of new technology in the society is one of his concerns and having done 10 years of philosophy has allowed him to outreach technical information.

Now, he is finishing a new Master degree in General Management from the University of Neuchâtel. Learning how economics work and how to manage talented people is driven him for working in the tech industry by having a wonderful opportunity to work as a community manager with the coding bootcamp LeWagon Lausanne.
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