The hospital which demands that its surgeons operate in non-sterile theaters, with inadequate equipment and without enough help

If what Alan Carter says in his The Programmers’ Stone blog is right, then the way our society treats software developers is like requiring surgeons to operate in non-sterile theaters, with inadequate equipment and without enough help from other doctors and nurses.

Author: Omer Zak

I am deaf since birth. I played with big computers which eat punched cards and spew out printouts since age 12. Ever since they became available, I work and play with desktop size computers which eat keyboard keypresses and spew out display pixels. Among other things, I developed software which helped the deaf in Israel use the telephone network, by means of home computers equipped with modems. Several years later, I developed Hebrew localizations for some cellular phones, which helped the deaf in Israel utilize the cellular phone networks. I am interested in entrepreneurship, Science Fiction and making the world more accessible to people with disabilities.

2 thoughts on “The hospital which demands that its surgeons operate in non-sterile theaters, with inadequate equipment and without enough help”

  1. Consider the case of software developers, who write software for the sophisticated equipment used by today’s surgeons.

    I myself wrote software used in a breath monitor used in intensive care units, which is supposed to sound an alarm if the patient stops breathing. Obviously, software bugs, which cause the monitor to lock up, could be life threatening.

  2. A bit of a dramatic comparison! It’s hardly life threatening after all, is it?

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