YOW! 2011: Simon Peyton-Jones - Closer to Nirvana

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    Heavens​Revenge

    Simon is without doubt, a damn hero in today's world.  The most privileged I would ever become would be to have a job as his pupil or peer in Microsoft Research to help succeed in the important stuff like bringing true computer science back and paving the way for one path to our modern world's programming language Nirvana.

    It's always nice to hear from Simon, thanks for the interview Charles.

     

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    Bob Foster

    I'm sure Simon Peyton-Jones was born, and is, smarter than me, but it's not true that you're born with the smarts you have. Many things can happen to you growing up that will either increase or decrease your intelligence, at least as measured by IQ score. I happen to be reading David Shenk's The Genius In All Of Us (unfortunate pop-psych title, I agree) which is devoted to demolishing the notion that your intelligence is decided at birth and you can do nothing about it, and does a pretty good job of it. In fact, average intelligence steadily rose throughout the 20th century, forcing the test-makers to constantly readjust the score downward to keep the peak of the curve at 100. Citing psychologist James Flynn, Shenk notes that "98 percent of IQ test-takers today score better than the average test taker in 1900." The test didn't get easier; the improved scores are almost entirely due to increases in abstract reasoning ability.

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    Charles

    @Bob Foster: Fair enough. That was my attempt at humor. We don't discuss the topic in the conversation, of course...

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    felix9

    YOW! interviews coming ! yeah !

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    dpratt71

    Is Haskell to complicated to teach to school-age children? Nobody told this guy:

    http://cdsmith.wordpress.com/category/haskell-for-kids/

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    Richard.Hein

    @dpratt71:  Nice find.  I was thinking about that too, when they were talking about teaching kids programming languages.  I think perhaps we underestimate the language learning abilities in younger children sometimes and perhaps it's not as hard as us older folk believe.

    Great interview, I'm really interested in hearing more about Cloud Haskell, System F, C-- etc....

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    slipper

    I went to his keynote, "Escape from the Ivory Tower: The Haskell Journey From 1990 to 2011", at YOW! conference. He is a great speaker but he talked very fast last time.

    I'm learning Haskell now. I wish that Haskell was my first programming language. But, hey, better learning now than never.

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    Charles

    @slipper: Me too Smiley Excellent delivery and fun. I laughed out loud a few times. Simon's a great speaker. His talk on parallelism and concurrency and Haskell was also excellent. Both these talks will be online in the near future! Make sure to check the YOW! site for more information on session videos.

    C

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