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After the Revolution

When the revolution is over, the software industry will look a lot like the hardware industry. Hardware is UL-listed and FCC-regulated. Hardware is expected to work. For example, when the Pentium had a very rare, minor divide error, it became a laughingstock—and Intel's stock plummeted. Imagine the same type of bug in a spreadsheet program.

The end of the revolution will certainly reduce the pace of change. That means less innovation. It also means fewer bugs. Software won't be as fun to write, but it might be more satisfying, knowing that what we build will actually work.

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