Jun 012012

Welcome to our first newsletter! We are delighted to have you as part of our community. We have made incredible progress in advancing Computing along a number of fronts: we’ve been writing madly (or is it madly writing?), our lecture series continues, we’ve recorded almost 100 Human Experience videos, we are about to release our first Ask Grady video, and our social media presence continues to grow.

On February 24th, we delivered our first lecture in the series, “Woven on the Loom of Sorrow,” exploring the co-evolution of computing and warfare, making the observation that at one time, computing was companion to war, it is now an instrument of war, and it is becoming a theater of war. You can watch the lecture here. Sometime in the coming months, this lecture will be broadcast on KQED, the San Francisco Bay Area’s PBS station, as part of the Computer History Museum‘s Revolution series.

We’ve started working on our next lecture, this one exploring the interplay between computing and the arts, where both are driven by the human need for creativity and for the expression of the deeper meaning of the human experience. In developing this story, our research has led us to ideas ranging from Umberto Eco’s History of Beauty to the evolution of computer graphics and synthesized music.

We’ve acquired some video equipment, permitting us to tape our own Ask Grady videos and several hundred Human Experience videos, wherein people from all walks of life can share how computing has touched their lives. Already at the Computer History Museum and two large conferences, we’ve recorded almost 100 videos, and are busy editing them for release on our YouTube channel. We would love to have you contribute your story! Just go here and you’ll learn more about our collection of videos and how you can become part of the recorded story of computing.

Think of our Ask Grady videos as a set of YouTube-able moments that answer everything you wanted to know about computing but were afraid to ask, one question at a time. Adam Murray (thank you, Adam!) has so generously produced an opening for our videos, we’ve recorded our first answer, and are busily editing the results, soon to be posted on the Computing site. If you have questions you’d like answered, or can think of questions you think the intellectually curious public would like answered, let us know, and we’ll put it in our production queue!

The past few years, we’ve poured over several hundred books and a multitude of papers, but we were in need of more recently published materials. Thanks to our Kickstarter backers, we’ve been able to obtain some much-needed research materials. As we have time, we are listing these materials here. If you are so inclined, we are seeking volunteers to help us enter all of the books (and documentaries) on our site – we want you to have access to all the sources of information we are using to inform our story telling.

We’ve almost finished one complete chapter, and have begun discussions with various publishers in order to secure a contract before the end of the year. Given that Computing will deliver not just printed books but also eBooks, interactive books, and apps, we are seeking a publishing partner who can help us leverage the transmedia elements of our project.

We continue to be graced with the presence of a wonderful set of volunteers who have poured themselves in to helping advance Computing: The Human Experience. Our core team paid their own way to join us at two conferences, helping record the many Human Experience videos and to spread the story of Computing. In addition, our volunteers have helped us grow our social media presence, connected us with a number of other people and organizations who are helping us tell the story of computing, and have even helped with all the research that is taking place behind the scenes. Thank you, all of you! If you’d like to join our merry band of Computing’s volunteers, contact us here.



We are excited to report that Grady has been awarded the Lovelace Medal by the British Computer Society. The Medal is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding or advancement of Computing. Past winners include Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Douglas C. Engelbart, John Warnock, and Linus Torvalds.

On March 7, Grady interviewed Steve Wozniak. Watch the video here and learn about Steve’s wickedly cool watch, his advice to developers, and his thoughts about the passing of his dear friend, Steve Jobs.

The past six years, Grady has written a column for IEEE Software titled “On Architecture,” addressing the art and the practice of architecting complex software-intensive systems and directed to a technical audience. You may find the podcasts of each of his articles here. He’s started writing a new column for the IEEE titled “On Computing” and the first article will be appearing this summer.