Our Government Runs on a 60-Year-Old Coding Language, and Now It’s Falling Apart

Retired engineers are coming to the rescue

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The scarcity of COBOL programmers has led to increased interest in startups like COBOL Cowboys, made up of older, experienced programmers.

“I show COBOL programs written in 1960 that you can still compile and run today.”

Senior Writer at OneZero covering surveillance, facial recognition, DIY tech, and artificial intelligence. Previously: Qz, PopSci, and NYTimes.

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