This will be a dramatic reading of a long comment I wrote on Hacker News one month ago, in response to the question: “Can someone who doesn't like symbols help me understand the downsides of them?”
I have converted this comment into a presentation and rehearsed the reading, which took me 11 minutes, so it’s too long for a lightning talk, even for me. 😉
I would like to spend any remaining time getting feedback from the audience and discussing the details of the proposal, since it would be a major change to the Ruby language.
Slides are online at https://speakerdeck.com/sferik/symbols.