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Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do.
I can't be as confident about computer science as I can about biology. Biology easily has 500 years of exciting problems to work on. It's at that level.
Trees sprout up just about everywhere in computer science...
Science is knowledge which we understand so well that we can teach it to a computer; and if we don't fully understand something, it is an art to deal with it.
In this sense, we should continually be striving to transform every art into a science: in the process, we advance the art.
The difference between art and science is that science is what people understand well enough to explain to a computer. All else is art.
I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms. There are better ways to earn a living than to prevent other people from making use of one's contributions to computer science.
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Tonight, the whole world is watching America. I believe at our best America is a beacon for the globe. And we lead not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.
January 10, 1938
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