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Source: The Guradian

The tech giants can’t afford to alienate their key asset: software engineers

Monday 06:59 GMT

One of the distinctive things about the tech giants that now mediate our online lives is that they not only attract top-rank computer scientists and software engineers, but that this particular kind of human capital is arguably their most precious asset.

Arthur C Clarke’s adage that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” may or may not be true, but what is definitely true is that computer software has magical properties. It’s pure “thought stuff”: a programmer has an idea; they encapsulate it as a string of symbols that are then fed into an inanimate machine.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte