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September 24, 2014

#1425: Tasks


[[A figure stands behind a woman sitting at a desk with a computer on it.]]

Figure: When a user takes a photo, the app should check whether they’re in a national park…

Woman programmer: Sure, easy GIS lookup. Gimme a few hours.

Figure: … and check whether the photo is of a bird.

Woman programmer: I’ll need a research team and five years.

In CS, it can be hard to explain the difference between the easy and the virtually impossible.