Computer Science: The Movie?

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 18, 2005

Apparently, all the tech industry needs to attract more people to become computer scientists is a good movie. Princeton University engineering school dean Maria Klawe also said at Microsoft’s Faculty Summit today that she hoped Hermione Granger, Harry Potter’s friend, would choose a career in computer science to help forestall what some see as a looming shortage of tech researchers. “I think that would really turn around our problem, especially for young girls,” CNET writer Ina Fried quotes Klawe as saying.

Klawe didn’t seem to be kidding. Now, to be fair, I bet she would agree with Bill Gates himself, who said there’s no single solution. That’s for sure. Seems like hiring a few good, enthusiastic elementary-school math teachers might spark kids’ interest in technology careers a lot more than any Hollywood wizardry.

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July 19, 2005 02:33 PM

Yeah, there is a single solution to the problem. Something without which the problem can never be solved.

The solution is to end outsourcing! No one wants to enter the software development industry because there are no jobs for Americans and Europeans. I've been a software developer my whole life. I absolutely would not let my kids become software developers. They wouldn't be able to support themselves.

The fact is that if society values programmers at less than $14,000/yr, no child or college student with common sense would even consider entering the field. America and Europe are experiencing a brain drain as a result of outsourcing and as long as it continues there is nothing that society can or SHOULD do about it. We shouldn't encourage kids to enter a dead field. It's not in anyone's interst outside of India and China to enter the software industry.


July 19, 2005 04:29 PM

i wouldn't doubt the power of harry potter! his popularity made kids want to get glasses.


August 10, 2007 01:26 PM

IT constitutes only a small % of "computer science".
Not all companies outsource for the sake of more profit. Some companies are really sick of outsourcing still they dont have an option because..not enough american resources. So its a good idea to bring in more people into computer science..that way atleast some companies will stop outsourcing...I am sure american schools can produce very talented programmers/architects/researchers..who can produce good quality product in affordable time..which leads to these companies making more profit...which will make other companies think and...we can slowly eradicate outsourcing...the verdict is...we need more (american) people into computer science to stop outsourcing....

remember...outsourcing can produce quantity...but at any given time quality is more important than quantity.

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