- Yes, I do think lists like this are beauty contests
- No, I don't think computer scientists should aspire to being on such lists
And yet, we lack the voices that speak to this time and place. We lack cogent articulation of the tools that brought us here, of the wonders of Turing, Von Neumann, and others, of the fundamentally radical idea of the algorithm as an idiom. Or we lack recognition of those who do articulate such a vision of today's computationally-driven world.
We don't need to be on lists of public intellectuals, but we need to frame the role of computer science and computation in society today, before we get relegated to the role of glorified telephone repairmen.