An inquiry into the role of the professional programmer in the future computing world. The programmer may continue to be needed for unusual machine problems and in computer research, but it may be that the ability to present a machine to its user on his terms will improve so rapidly that programming as a specialty will become a relatively small professional field or a secondary skill shared by people from a wide variety of professional disciplines.
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