Full employment theorem

Posted on 10 March, 2024

No matter how good someone is at their job, there will always be more work for them because there's no way to make everything perfect. So, people in fields where the full-employment theorem can be proved will always have something to do because there's always something that can be made better or improved upon.

This perfectly describes compiler writers because there can not exist a perfectly optimizing compiler for a Turing-complete language, so there will always exist implementations of some programs for which a compiler does not find the corresponding optimal implementation. Hence, there will always be work for compiler writers.


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