Earlier today, the fine folks over at Wired posted an opinion piece by Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh about why people should learn how to computer code.
Prior to writing this piece, Bosh appeared in a video for Code.org and has been noted as somewhat of a computer maven in his past.
The piece is pretty lengthy but below is just a snippet of Bosh’s best words:
For as far back as I can remember, my mom had a business called Computer Help. So I pretty much grew up around computers. Later on, she worked for Texas Instrument. We used to come back home after school and my mom would bring all these new TI gadgets for us to test and play around with; I still remember the first digital cameras! When people were still using AutoCAD, my dad did professional plumbing, engineering, and designing for a couple different companies.
I’m lucky because my parents held us to a very high standard when it comes to education, and they were very science driven. In high school I joined a club called Wizkids, a computer graphics club for two years. I always felt like I was in my element, my environment there. I also joined the Association of Minority Engineers and NSBE the National Society of Black Engineers during my senior year.
The funny thing about coding is that I really didn’t know what coding was when I was first discovering graphic design and computers in high school. Coding is at the base of almost every technology. If someone in school would have explained to me that coding could reach millions directly or indirectly and make their lives better, it would’ve sparked my interest much sooner. Plus I don’t think people a few years ago really understood the impact that coding would have on the world today.
At this point, learning to code is simply about understanding how the world functions.
Bosh image courtesy of Getty Images