Imortal Code

Related to my earlier entry about meaning in work is this Wired article titled Imortal Code. The Baker’s in the article knew that they wanted to do something meaningful and they set began with that in mind:

In 1971, newlyweds Jim and Janet Baker began mining just that type of gem. Nerds of the highest order, they met while graduate students at Rockefeller University in New York City – Janet in biophysics and Jim in mathematics – and were scouting around for a technical problem that would hold their interest. One stipulation: Whatever problem they chose would have to be a problem they could solve within their lifetimes. They picked computer dictation. How long did they think it would take? “From 30 to 50 years,” Janet responds matter-of-factly, “but toward the low end.”

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