Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Oopsla 2008: Social Programming A Pyramid, and possibly other lar

Very interesting presentation given by Mark Lehner on how ancient Egyptian managed to organize almost humanly impossible effort building those gigantic pyramids both physically and socially for the most part of their 3000 years of history. The speaker also drawn some, although sometime a bit far fetched, analogies from this type of massively labor-intensive undertaking to how software itself and project is being organized nowadays. One really interesting point I took from this presentation was that although the social organization contains highly modularized units, the final product of eternity (Pyramids) does not necessarily resemble any strict modularity but rather simply and straight replication. Which says something does it? Or maybe we are all trying too hard to find similarity, the proof or disproof of what we do and the way we are doing it.

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