Sunny对《Coders》的笔记(3)

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Coders
  • 书名: Coders
  • 作者: Clive Thompson
  • 副标题: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World
  • 页数: 448
  • 出版社: Penguin Press
  • 出版年: 2019-3-26
  • 第123页

    Frankilin wrote down thirteen "virtues," including "Industry. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions," and "frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing."

    Computers are strong in precisely the ways that humans are weak.

    a) Doing things repeatedly or at the same time every day is boring, and I'm terrible at it. By contrast, b) slavishly and meticulously doing the same task again and again is easy for the deathless machine sitting on my desk. Thus, c) I am going to automate every single thing I possibly can.

    one-on-one attention. It's constitutionally inefficient; the whole point taking emotional care of someone else is to slow down and attend to them.

    Linguists and psychologists have long documented the value of phatic communications - the various emotion gambits we humans use in everyday life to make those around use feel at ease or listened to。

    The coderish fixation with optimization isn't really capriciious though. A lot of it stems from the raw dictates of the machine - where efficiency often matters profoundly.

    Brevity is the soul of wit.

    Code is, in this way, oddly reminiscent of poetry. Poetry is a form where the power often comes from compression. "In a well-crafted poem, every single word has meaning and purpose," writes the coder and entrepreneur Matt Ward. "The entire piece is meticulously crafted. A poet can spend hours struggling for just the right word, or set aside a poem for days before coming back to it for a fresh perspective. "

    Soylent is, in many ways, a perfect metonym of the software engineers' obsession for efficiency. It's what you get when that worldview - speed everything up, remove friction everywhere - becomes second nature, a twitch instinct. Each moment of life becomes a target for Taylorization, a world of nails to be hammered into submission. Everything should move as rapidly as possible: communicating, working, shopping.

    This fetish for efficiency is what has driven the delirious explosion of "on demand" services.

    2019-06-16 11:06:52 回应
  • 第218页

    But the detectable differences in boy and girl cognition and behavior are too small to explain such divergence in life and career paths; instead, they're like a biological signal that gets heavily amplified by cultural feedback into life-chaning decisions and preference. The portion attributable to pure genetics becomes a force that is small and scientifically murky - particulary when compared to the manifold, well-documented examples of phosphorescent sexism radiating in the halls of tech workplaces.

    p221

    It turns out that believing your field is purely meritocratic has lousy side effects. Stats show they're well represented in feilds such as molecular biology and neuroscience, where it's understood that hard effort, teamwork, and rigor carry the day; but in fields that pride themselves on requiring raw, isolated genius - like math or philosophy - they're not.

    When you prime someone with the idea of meritocracy, it seems to give them permission to act on their internal biases - evoking, it would seem, the cultural idea of the man as more likely to be the lone genius.

    2019-06-17 10:37:07 回应
  • 第231页

    Haver is used in its traditonal meaning: a curious type who loves tinkering with systems getting them to do new and weird things, and sometimes finding weak points - but generally within the law, white-hat style. A cracker, by contrast, is one who breaks into systems for personal gain or crime.

    2019-06-18 10:22:53 回应

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