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"The Holy Grail of computer science is to capture the messy complexity of the natural world and express it algorithmically."
From this, he concludes that "What can be automated?" means: "What are the limits, imposed by complexity, on the application of computers?"
Compare this quote (emphasis added):
Of possibly related interest:
Among several follow-up commentaries, see esp.:
Hartmanis, Juris (1995), "Response to the Essays "On Computational Complexity and the Nature of Computer Science" ", ACM Computing Surveys 27(1) (March): 59-61.
Shapiro, Stuart C. (1997), "What Is Computer Science?".
Guzdial, Mark (2008), "Paving the Way for Computational Thinking", Communications of the ACM 51(8) (August): 25-27.
Carey, Kevin (2010), "Decoding the Value of Computer Science", Chronicle of Higher Education 58(12) (November 12): A88.
Two quotes from Bernard Chazelle, Prof. of CS, Princeton:
Chazelle, Bernard (2006), "The Algorithm: Idiom of Modern Science"