Talk: Software has become too complicated
May 04, 2019
Below is an entertaining talk by Joe Armstrong from 2014, one of the creators of Erlang (the language behind WhatsApp). He talks about how complicated software is in the year 2019, in comparison to the first ever software program - which he refers to as “probably the first and last program that was ever correct”.
As an ex-physicist he weaves a lot of physics into the talk, and describes how computers should be booting in 60 nanoseconds, and are over 1000x faster than they were in the 1980s.
Sadly Joe passed away last week.