Featured in Five is a monthly section where we pose five questions to a Computing Reviews featured reviewer. Here are the responses from our May featured reviewer, Stewart Godwin (Polytechnic West; Perth, Australia).
Q: What is the most important thing that's happened in computing in the past 10 years?
A: The development of touchscreen devices, which started with mobile phones and led to a range of consumer interfaces for banking, commerce, and general information.
Q: By the end of your career, where do you think computer science will have taken us? What are you working on that might contribute to that?
A: I hope society will have ubiquitous computer technologies in all facets of our daily lives. My role as a computer programming lecturer is to inspire young people to design, code, and develop computer technologies for everyone.
Q: Who is your favorite historical figure? Why?
A: I have always admired Leonardo da Vinci. His insight and inquiring mind demonstrate what is possible. His quote, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” is very valid in programming today.
Q: If you weren't working in the computer science field, what would you be doing instead?
A: I would have pursed my previous career in the private sector in middle management.
Q: What is your favorite type of music?
A: I listen to classical music and prefer European composers.