Thursday, November 02, 2006

CS beyond algorithms: Would that it were so....

From an NYT article on a new research program in "Web science":

Ben Shneiderman, a professor at the University of Maryland, said Web science was a promising idea. “Computer science is at a turning point, and it has to go beyond algorithms and understand the social dynamics of issues like trust, responsibility, empathy and privacy in this vast networked space,”
In fact I'd be happy if this were so. Alas, I spend more time encountering computer science that hasn't even discovered algorithms yet !


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