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I'll give one example from when I was in high school. As any programmers among the readers know, the slowest form of sort is the bubble sort. We figured out how to make it faster than all other types of sorts. We kind of freaked when our trick not only worked, but it made it the fastest. We then tested it and worked out an algorithm to keep it at it's fastest.
The old paradigm that bubble sorts are the slowest sorts got destroyed, so it's always going to be possible that old accepted assumptions about how things work can be overturned, even if it requires certain specific parameters. (Of course crap code will F anything, so that's not what we're talking about.)
Innovations in efficiency do cause issues for individuals on the short term scales, but do wonders for society over the long term.
After all, that's why we aren't just scattered tribes of hunters & gatherers and can now use increasing amounts of our capability for other endeavors. You know, like this internet thingie that allows us to communicate like this over vast differences in location and time.
(There have been numerous other issues of fraudulent certs, but I don't think they were as large as Google.)
The real issue is the lack of women that are programmers, not that they don't have an equal influence on the results despite only being a small percentage.
Face it, if one group is only 10% of the workforce, you can't expect them to have 50% of the credit.
Do you know why historically the Jews were so into banking? It's because stupid discriminatory laws of many countries in Europe used to ban them from almost all other professions. You earn a living in whatever way society will let you.
As was pointed out, there tends to be a huge gender gap between the representation of the sexes in software programming.
Before you can start worrying about silly things like this, maybe people should concentrate on finding out why, and resolving the issues, as to why there are so few females in programming before you start whining about how little they impact the projects they're on.
Has the program been covered by the media until the public is utterly sick of it?
Well then, it's current news.
You know, I don't even have to speculate, there have been numerous studies and statistics calculated on this subject, and the USA totally sucks ass in the rankings of 1st world nations.
This isn't based on your highest income year on record, it's based on current income, so don't get your panties in knot.