Close to the Machine

Close to the Machine

Technophilia and Its Discontents

Ellen Ullman

It has occurred to me that if people really knew how software got written, I’m not sure if they’d give their money to a bank or get on an airplane ever again.

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When the humans come back to talk changes, I can just run the program. Show them: Here. Look at this. See? This is not just talk. This runs. Whatever you might say, whatever the consequences, all you have are words and what I have is this, this thing I’ve built, this operational system. Talk all you want, but this thing here: it works.

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Once we were impressed by buildings; now we are impressed by virtual on-line spaces

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If you’re not terrified in this profession, you really don’t know what you’re doing.

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One VC proposed a toast. “Work hard!” he exclaimed. Another raised his glass. “Work long hours!” he said.

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