Marc Andreessen famously said back in 2011 that software was “eating the world.” What he meant by this was that the world as we knew it would increasingly be done using invisible software and the regular furniture of life would slowly start to disappear. Whereas once we would have read books made from paper, in the future, our books would be ethereal and wholly contained within our devices.
In many ways, Andreessen’s vision of the future has come to fruition. Algorithms have indeed taken over the world, and many of the things that were one commonplace are now becoming rare. But perhaps the biggest way in which software has had an impact is in the world of business. Back office management software, for instance, has meant that many businesses are now able to automate a good chunk of their processes. Clerks, bank tellers, administrators and even accountants are all finding that their services aren’t in such high demand.