* Please note: We had sound quality issues for the first few minutes. The sounds gets much better at 3:38.

Bio: Francis Hwang is a writer, artist and software engineer. An active member of the Ruby community, he founded Ruby-NYC in 2003, helps organize the annual Gotham Ruby Conference, and is currently a software engineer at Diversion Media. His writing on technology and culture has appeared in Spin, Wired, ArtByte, and FEED Magazine. His artwork has received press coverage in Wired News, Art in America, and Liberátion (France).

Abstract: People have been programming computers for less than a century–which might be why we don’t know much about what we’re doing, and why we keep comparing our field to others. I’ll share some thoughts on what the discipline of computer programming can take from other fields such as math, engineering, writing, law, and politics. I’ll also discuss the implications of such similarities on how we do our jobs, and how we conceive of our careers.

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