“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
—Arthur C. Clarke
The above quote from the famous British futurist and author of the 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey is cited in many fields but is probably more relevant to the magic of software than any other single invention. Consider
• That in 1953, Francis Crick and James Watson described the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as a double-helix structure and thus began a scientific pursuit of the Promethean power of genetics. But unraveling the sheer volume and complexity of the genetic information contained in DNA was a computational problem far ahead of its time. It was the ...