TITLE: 40th Anniversaries AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: October 25, 2008 7:33 AM DESC: ----- BODY: There are two big 40th anniversary events coming up for those of us in computer science. On November 5, the Computer History Museum is hosting the 40th Anniversary of the Dynabook, with Alan Kay, Charles Thacker, and Mary Lou Jepsen. Then on December 9, Stanford is hosting Engelbart and the Dawn of Interactive Computing: SRI's Revolutionary 1968 Demo. Much of the last 40 years of technology has been an evolution toward the ideas embodied in Kay's FLEX machine and Engelbart's mouse-controlled, real time-interactive, networked computer. These ideas showed us what was possible. In addition to technological vision, Kay and Engelbart also shared a greater goal: "to use computing to augment society's collective intellect and ability to solve the complex issues of our time". I expect that 40 is going to be a common number in computer science celebrations in the next few years. -----