TITLE: 40th Anniversaries
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: October 25, 2008 7:33 AM
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
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.