Simple things should be simple and complex things should be possible.
Computers are to computing as instruments are to music. Software is the score whose interpretations amplifies our reach and lifts our spirits Leonardo da Vinci called music the shaping of the invisible, and his phrase is even more apt as a description of software.
Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do… The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn't violate too many of Newton's Laws!
I invented the term Object-Oriented, and I can tell you I did not have C++ in mind.
Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves.
People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.
I fear — as far as I can tell — that most undergraduate degrees in computer science these days are basically Java vocational training.
The most disastrous thing that you can ever learn is your first programming language.