When I say that I yearn for a mass-algorate society, I don't mean a society in which everyone has the level of knowledge of today's professional programmers. We live in a mass-literate society, but we don't expect everyone to be able to write novels or sonnets or in-depth analyses of the politics of the Middle East; we live in a mass-numerate society, but we don't expect everyone to be able to prove Stokes' Theorem or calculate cohomology groups. We do expect (almost) everyone to be able to read a newspaper, write a note for the babysitter, and write an SMS to tell their other half that they're
I think that this is within the capabilities of almost everyone, given a sufficiently supportive infrastructure (which we don't have at the moment, but which we'd inevitably develop as more and more people become algorate). I'd love to live in that world.