For a long time it puzzled me how something so expensive, so leading edge, could be so useless, and then it occurred to me that a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are, in short, a perfect match.

Bill Bryson

Aswin van Woudenberg

I'm a lecturer at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences where I teach Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and Concurrent Programming. Together with my students I'm building dialogue systems that can learn, reason and converse in a variety of domains.

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Malcolm Golland · November 8, 2015 at 9:47 am

Yes, I have enjoyed quoting this passage to friends and former students over the years although Mr Bryson’s comments on our ‘small island’ have been receiving less popular acclaim of late!

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