#131 – Chris Lattner: The Future of Computing and Programming Languages


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Here’s the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.
00:00 – Introduction
07:12 – Working with Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Jeff Dean
12:42 – Why do programming languages matter?
18:42 – Python vs Swift
29:35 – Design decisions
34:53 – Types
38:41 – Programming languages are a bicycle for the mind
41:13 – Picking what language to learn
47:12 – Most beautiful feature of a programming language
56:36 – Walrus operator
1:06:03 – LLVM
1:11:15 – MLIR compiler framework
1:15:21 – SiFive semiconductor design
1:27:56 – Moore’s Law
1:31:09 – Parallelization
1:35:37 – Swift concurrency manifesto
1:46:26 – Running a neural network fast
1:52:03 – Is the universe a quantum computer?
1:57:44 – Effects of the pandemic on society
2:14:56 – GPT-3
2:19:15 – Software 2.0
2:32:41 – Advice for young people
2:37:24 – Meaning of life

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