Coding will (not) improve your sense of humour

This month I’ve taken the first steps in my post-grad education – a 12 week coding course with Makers Academy. I’ll be the first to admit – I’d never imagined being here, even 12 months ago. My image of programmers was, I imagine, quite standard for an outsider – dweebish, nerdy, perhaps even dwerdy – 14 hours a day behind a screen and a blue tan.


But I couldn’t ignore my itch to learn more. Digital underpins so many of the businesses I’m interested in and this is a wonderful opportunity to invest time in further education I’d often thought about. Along with coding I wanted to gain some extra superpowers like:

  • Learning how to learn
  • Problem solving
  • A propensity for in-jokes that only your peers find funny (see below)
hello world
Trust me, it’s funny

As well as improving your sense of humour the value of being able to navigate complexity and make yourself smarter is huge. From a brain wetware viewpoint these are up there with communication, leadership and creativity. All of these are attributes which improve with effort and exposure, are poorly taught at school and are therefore ever more important if we wish to develop ourselves in our given endeavours.

I disagree that tech is the (only) future, but to paraphrase a well known line:

If you want to predict the future, create tech

My interest is in how tech can be used as a tool and how it underpins so much of the efforts today in trying to address social and environmental inequalities. The digital revolution has only just started and the changes to come in the next 20 years will be as significant as electrification or the steam engine back in the 19th century. The most important question is, therefore, how will we choose to apply it?

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