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Published on Feb 20, 2011
Lecture by doctor Joe Armstrong, one of the inventors of the programming languages Erlang, at the IT University of Gothenburg at 15.Feb 2010. Topics discussed: Is Erlang the answer? In that case what was the question? Programming languages are used to solve problems. But what problems? Erlang solves a few interesting problems. What problem does it solve, and why are these problems interesting? What big problems are left in computer science and how might we solve them? What's gone wrong with computer architectures and what can we do about it? This talks looks back at the history of Erlang and forward to a future where one day software might actually work and be useful. Right now software is in a bit of mess, but there are ways to fix it ...