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Wednesday June 1, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
This talk starts with a look at the origins of ‘computational thinking’ and the rise of computer science. It begins by paying homage to the early pioneering work on computer hardware and programming in both the US and the UK. The evolution of computer hardware starts with logic gates and rapidly moves on to the microprocessor and Moore’s Law. On the software side, a brief survey of algorithms starts with Euclid’s algorithm for the Greatest Common Divisor and continues via the Traveling Salesman to PageRank, the ‘billion dollar’ algorithm that launched tech giant Google.
After a quick look at the achievements of Xerox PARC and the Alto ‘time machine’, a brief summary of the origins of the personal computer, the Internet and the Web brings things up to the present. The talk concludes with a look at the resurgence of artificial intelligence, machine learning and ends with Butler Lampson’s vision for the ‘Third Age of Computing’.