Technology’s language bias

One of the many underlying tensions in Sri Lanka is that between people fluent in English and those who aren’t. After independence and Sinhala made the country’s official language, education was converted to “Swabasha”. But the elite kept English. It is the medium in most private and international schools. University courses are mostly in English, […]

Computers are alien to me

I’ve been reading a series of technical and computing books recently, as I pick up my Python studies. I naively stumbled into coding assuming all I needed were the terms and grammar of a knew “language”. But there’s so much more to learn for someone who has mostly had a liberal arts education. It’s a […]

Another adjacent possible

Working my way through one of the more fascinating technology books I’ve ever come across, Code by Charles Petzold. I stumbled across this passage: …nobody in the nineteenth century made the connection between the ANDs and ORs of Boolean algebra and the wiring of simple switches in series and in parallel. No mathematician, no electrician, […]

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