Thursday, November 06, 2014

Some talks about the history of computing

Over the last few years I've done a number of talks that fall broadly under the umbrella of "History of Computing". Here are some videos for your enjoyment.

TEDxImperialCollege 2012: The Greatest Machine That Never Was

Computer science began in the '30s ... the 1830s. John Graham-Cumming tells the story of Charles Babbage's mechanical, steam-powered "analytical engine" and how Ada Lovelace, mathematician and daughter of Lord Byron, saw beyond its simple computational abilities to imagine the future of computers.

StrataConf 2012: The Great Railway Caper

The Great Railway Caper: Big Data in 1955

OSCON 2013: Turing's Curse

Looking back on 30 years of programming: there's nothing new since 1983. Examples and implications.

Wired 2014

Fear your subconscious, not tech

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might enjoy my travel book for people interested in science and technology: The Geek Atlas. Signed copies of The Geek Atlas are available.


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