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Programmers to Lead Many Western Governments by 2025
WASHINGTON, DC — Software developers worldwide are quietly assuming positions of great power in most Western governments, according to The Cato Institute, a think tank based here in Washington, DC. The Director of Public Policy, Dr. Clifford Dexter, has authored the Cato report “Developer Nation: How Software Development is Changing Western Politics”.
According to the study, the ongoing growth in software technology is altering the face of law, business, and thus political economy. Issues such as the international industrial dynamics of software markets have become difficult for mere policy wonks to understand without a background in software development. New software systems like Napster are taxing the ability of appointed officials and even Cabinet-level appointees to ‘grok’ the issues.
Software-economic issues are complex, difficult to grasp and at the center of decisions affecting the domestic budget, foreign policy and even military intelligence. “The term ‘developing nation’ has taken on new meaning,” says Dr. Dexter of the Cato Institute. “Today, nations that create software are creating all the wealth—and therefore, the most influence. These nations are the 'ones', while non-software-developing nations are the 'zeroes'. Software creates new and interesting policy problems—some of which are hard to even understand without a background in software development and programming.
The trend of tech-savvy bureaucrats rising to cabinet-level positions of power has been underway in the software-centric countries such as India. Now Western governments are realizing how important software development knowledge has become.
In the USA alone, you are seeing appointees with the most software experience in the Executive branch wielding the most influence with the President. Software tycoons such as Larry Ellison and Bill Gates have been invited to inner-circle confabs such as the annual World Economic Forum and the super-secret Bilderberg meeting. Lesser-known technocrats are quietly filling government appointments formerly reserved for retired military generals and executives working in military-industrial complex industries like aerospace and manufacturing.
One such “quiet technocrat” is James Blaine, who was appointed Undersecretary of Defense in January of last year. Blaine holds dual Phd’s in Computer Science and Biostatistics. He now quietly directs the affairs of the Defense Department from behind the scenes. Why is this significant and what does this mean for the average software developer? With software systems controlling more and more of the economy, we can expect a software developer to be appointed Chairman of the Federal Reserve within the next six years, according to the Cato report.
Suddenly, the center of intellectual gravity has shifted from old-line elite univerities such as Harvard and Yale, and tilted towards super-selective, technology schools like MIT and CalTech. Blaine himself embodies the 'new technocracy' and is himself a 'new technocrat': his PhD degrees come from both of these schools. MIT and CalTech are actively recruiting the best professors from Harvard and Yale to teach new government and international law courses to elite tech students who will assume powerful posts in government upon graduation.
The complex nature of the tech economy leaves classical economists like Alan Greenspan with basic maintenance tasks such as data collection and report generation, while the new software technocrats run the real economy. Greenspan once admitted he did not understand simple variable scoping. Sources say he has "no clue" about flow-of-control mechanisms such as nested loops, switch statements and nested ifs.
He reportedly has no understanding at all of Java, web services, or UML.
Can we trust appointees like this with the entire economy? Clearly not.
The situation hardly reduces the status of top-shelf software developers, who are now expected to hold cabinet-level appointee posts and effectively run most Western governments as by 2025.
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