“The greatest trick that capitalism ever pulled was convincing the world that what women do in the home isn’t work,” says Joy Rankin, a historian of computing.
SOURCE: The Conversation
by Noah Wardrip-Fruin
The first effort at a commercial arcade video game didn't fail because it was too complicated. It couldn't deliver a quality game-playing experience because it relied on technology developed for television instead of the new, but expensive, processors for computers.
by Charlton McIlwain
More than 50 years later, will the U.S.—and Silicon Valley—hear their message?
SOURCE: The Wilson Quarterly
by Laura Kurek
The story of why the Soviet Union first labeled the computer as a taboo invention, and later believed it would prove the superiority of the communist system.
by Adam Frank
It's not just that Turing's work was worthy of a Nobel Prize. He went far beyond that.
SOURCE: JSTOR Daily
The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is opening in wide release later this fall, bringing the tragic story of Alan Turing to the movies.
SOURCE: Time Magazine
On Saturday evening, I was a very happy attendee of the Computer History Museum’s Fellow Awards, an inspiring annual event which celebrates the contributions of individuals whose work has changed the course of computing history. Three people were honored this year: Ed Catmull, Harry Huskey and Bob Taylor.Ed Catmull, as I knew, started out as a computer graphics scientist, became one of the founders of Pixar and is now the president of both that extraordinary company and Walt Disney Feature Animation. I was also well aware that Bob Taylor headed up the research efforts at ARPA and Xerox PARC which produced the Internet, the modern graphical user interface, Ethernet, the laser printer and other utterly essential technologies.But Harry Huskey? I’d never heard of the man. Turns out that he did an awful lot — and, having been born in 1916, he did much of it in the very early days of the computing industry, even before the word “computer” came into use....
SOURCE: Special to HNN
Jim Cullen, who teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, is a book review editor at HNN. His new book, Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions, has just been published by Oxford University Press. Cullen blogs at American History Now.
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