Python Founder Speaks | Talk Python #100

This is not a new podcast but is new to me. I am not a huge fan of podcasts because I like to look at the video while following the audio.

H/T Talk Python Podcast

Universal basic income

I caught on this train early and saw it coming. Now some thought leaders are realizing that this must happen. However, these thinkers in the linked story are not in government and the people that kowtow to those industries that do not have an interest in the person, even if it limits their ability to survive long-term.

A deeply religious neighbor of mine made a comment about the crazy weather of late, the fact it was 71° F today in Charlotte (the normal is 56°). The end times was predicted in his statement as a result of the current climate. Whether this is followed or not, our time here is limited. Why not be a happy as possible, by providing an income to everyone for surviving. The resources are there, the political and economic will are not there currently. This needs to change.

BASIC Inspired A Generation Of Technologists. What Will Inspire The Next?

BASIC Inspired A Generation Of Technologists. What Will Inspire The Next?

Can and should Python be the natural successor to BASIC? I bit my teeth on it, but decided to go in another career direction from programming. Seems to me the most logical choice.

I received a Christmas gift in fourth grade that profoundly impacted my career path and thus the rest of my life. That gift was a VTech PowerPad Plus “pre-computer.” While just a toy, the PowerPad line of products from the late 1980s and early 1990s were functioning computers that featured, among a handful of educational games, a functioning BASIC interpreter. For the uninitiated, BASIC is a computer programming language designed to be simple, versatile, and for learning. Exploring BASIC on that spartan machine ignited a passion for technology and programming in me that burns to this day.

Invented at Dartmouth College in the 1960s, BASIC is an acronym for Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, and the idea behind it was to create an accessible language that college students could use to write their own mainframe programs without having to learn more complex languages such as FORTRAN and ALGOL. It existed in relative obscurity as a research project, as many early computing innovations did, until the late 1970s when it exploded, and we have none other than Microsoft to thank for that explosion…

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