'Everything will be governed by maths and coding,' says Google exec

By Danny Palmer
10 Feb 2014 View Comments
The main house at Bletchley Park

Everything in the world will eventually be governed by maths and coding and Britain should do more to embrace computing, a Google executive has said.

Peter Barron, the web firm's director of external relations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, made the comments while addressing students at Milton Keynes College.

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The college is spread across Milton Keynes, with its Bletchley Campus just a few hundred metres from Bletchley Park (pictured), home to the World War II codebreakers and Colossus, the world's first programmable digital computer, the machine used to help crack the Enigma code. The site is seen by many as the birthplace of modern computing.

Speaking just down the road from the iconic buildings, Barron told students that computing is only going to play a more significant role in the world as technology moves forward.

"If you think about the way the world is going, everything is going to be governed by maths and coding," he said, as reported by local media outlet MK News.

"You could say all of the computing as we know it today was born just five miles away from here, at Bletchley Park. But it's odd that Britain hasn't really embraced computing in perhaps the way it should have done," he added.

Google recently pledged £120,000 towards Code Club Pro, a training scheme designed to equip teachers with the skills required to teach students coding when he subject is introduced into the national curriculum later this year.

"Code Club are one of the key people we've been working with to help build up enough teachers to be able to teach the courses," said Mike Warriner, Google's UK engineering director.

"It starts with training a small number of teachers to be, in effect, the teachers of other teachers, and ultimately scaling that out to every primary and secondary school teacher across the country," he added.

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