Whilst responding to Jaron Lanier's fascinating discussion about the problem of Gordian software, Charles Simonyi turned a rather amusing phrase about DNA.

Because DNA is intentional, its length is short relative to its result—indeed the length of human genome belies its cosmic importance by being shorter than the source codes of many human software artifacts of more modest accomplishments.

It was even more amusing before I understood that the "human software artifacts" were programs and not the programmers themselves.



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