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James Larus talks about AI, blockchain and fail fast

© 2018 EPFL

© 2018 EPFL

James Larus, Dean of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL, talks about the changes that have taken place in the field of Computer Science in recent years.

The usage of smartphones and apps has boosted the development field. What do you think of this evolution?

"It's true, everyone wants to become a developer, if not an entrepreneur. This can be seen everywhere, including at EPFL where we have three times as many students enrolled in the first year as we did 10 years ago. Today, many people develop software. Programming is not any easier, but it has changed a lot. At the beginning of my career, there weren't as many libraries and you had to write all the code yourself. Today, a large part of developers' knowledge consists in knowing how to use quantities of complicated and fully functional libraries in their software. (...) 

Read the full interview: Netzwoche - "Durch die schnelle Produktion sind wir unvorsichtiger geworden" (German)

ICTJournal - "A vite produire du code, on est aussi devenus plus négligents" (French)

Author: Deirdre Rochat