I observe that Google has launched an innovative online tool that may finally make you wish you’d never been natural. It’s called App discoverer, and it’s a kind of DIY kit that will supposedly allow non-techies to construct applications for Android smart-phones. “To employ App Inventor,” speak Google, “you do not require being a developer. App Inventor requires no indoctrination information. This is because in its place of writing system, you visually design the way the app seems and use blocks to identify the app’s behavior.”
There’s a pleasant video that exemplifies this point. It opens with a good-looking young woman and her cat, which’s walking all over her computer keyboard. So she takes puss on to her lap and sets to job. Initially she hooks up her itinerant phone to the computer. Then she goes into the App Inventor monitor and finds a “key” image and drags that into the region before covering it with a picture of a cat. Lastly she finds a “noise play” block and adds that before clicking on “download to mobile phone”. She then arrogantly displays her new app: you click on the picture and the phone says “meow”.
To make this as natural as the App Inventor emerges to do requires a huge deal of cleverness. In fact the software foundation the tool is magnificently stylish and ingenious. It’s based on investigate originally done at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and on a vernacular of the Scheme programming words, which is itself a successor of Lisp, the original false intelligence language. So, software-wise, the App Inventor is beautiful. It’s what populace will do with it that worries me.
Note that these are every one iPhone apps, which means that a small amount of grave programming know-how is needed to make them. Which leads me back to my original query about the new Google apps toolkit? If daft apps are what come out from the level of applied IQ poured into iPhone growth, image what it will be similar to when any Tom, Dick or Harriet can have a go. Perhaps it will be magnificent, and we will see a budding of app-making originality. Or maybe we will just find out that Gresham’s rule stated as “awful money drives out high-quality if their swap rate is set by law” also applies to software.