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Virtual Environments and Historical Contexts

I recently attended a talk given by Fred Brooks in Research Triangle Park. Best known as "the father of the IBM System/360" and for coining "Brooks Law" (the addition of more programmers to a late project will only make it later), he currently teaches at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina, which he helped found in 1964.

Brooks spoke with lively enthusiasm about how his long-running interest in computer graphics, which he traces back to a talk he heard in 1965, led to his current work in virtual reality systems.


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