What's the real-world value in everyone knowing how to code? Potential. Progress. It's having designers, artists and authors push technology beyond what we as technologists know. It's about challenging both the art and science of technology. Without both, we're at an impasse with no progress on either front.
Coding starts from day one, before you even touch the computer: You recognize problems day-to-day that are exclusive to you and your industry. The way you interact with the world today is digitally. And by most measure, that means most of the problems you face are, again, digital, or can be solved digitally. The benefit is more than just cost savings or time savings. It goes back to the core purpose, the value you find in what you do everyday. It's being able to define something from scratch using the tools before you. Artists do it with brushes, we do it with code. Imagine if the two came together and imagine the scale, and potential an artist can have using even simple technology.
What it takes to propel you forward is finding new solutions to familiar problems. To do so, we need thinkers like you. Thinkers and builders who have domain experience outside of our own. You each have a background, an education, and life experiences unique to you. Imagine what you'll be able to solve if you add even the basic fundamentals of creating digitally. Here's a beautiful example of how and why:
Art and code are what creates progress. It's what spurs us to grow, to learn, and to find meaning in our work. That's why we code. That's why you should code.
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