This whole coder / startup thing leaves me cold. I really don’t see the point in it. We have seen these high-tech revolutions before and they always collapse, because when something becomes trendy and is endlessly plugged as a good way to make money without actually knowing how to do anything that a million people also do; then pretty soon ten million people are doing it.

Every single programmer in America has a job that’s either (a) done at lower cost by somebody in a developing country, and/or (b) can and probably will be automated. 90% of the coders that are in their 20’s today will not be a coder in their 50’s. It’s a short term job; we’ve seen this cycle three times in the last 50 years, when (a) we need tons of programmers, and then (b) they all get laid off.

Which is a good thing, actually, to force them into other jobs. Coding is not an intellectual pursuit. Out of all the people who say the are “coders”, about 10% of them actually are. The rest of them just markup existing code fragments and/or use front end tools that do most of the work.

But when someone says — “I believe it will take all of Texas working together,” then I get the same creeping feeling as I get when I hear people talk about UBI. Wasn’t one of the trademarks of Texas about rugged individualism; not collectivism? I do know that that rugged individualism, whether in Texas or anywhere else, will outlive the coding / startup fad, because that is what nature prefers.

Texas has an active technology sector based in Austin. They are mostly large corporations who come to Austin because the wage competition for programmers is cheaper here.

Texas, if anything, is becoming more individualistic, and less collective. The person who started the thread seems not to understand this.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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