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Inventor Ted Hoff's Keynote @ World IP Day- April 26, 2013 in San Jose, CA

The World IP Day program was to promote and celebrate the many benefits of intellectual property in San Jose and the SF Bay Area. San Jose and Silicon Valley lead the nation in patent generation and the City cohosted this West Coast event to celebrate the contributions of innovators and creators worldwide. Marcian E. "Ted" Hoff's keynote speech is summarized in this article.

CHM lecture: IBM Fellow Grady Booch on Computing: The Human Experience

Introduction:

In this interesting and informative lecture at the Computer History Museum (CHM) on March 11, 2013, Grady Booch asked and tried to answer this question: ”What does it take to make “sentient” devices (that can feel, sense, think and reason) out of silicon and software?”

But before we can address that question, there are many others that need to be thought about. For example, what does it mean to be intelligent? Is intelligence only in the mind or can it also be computable? Some such as Marvin Minsky believe the mind to be computable; others such as Roger Penrose do not (more about him later in this article). Components of life appear to be common to many species, but sentient life is uncommon.

The Book-Writing Machine: What was the first novel ever written on a word processor?

This week in The Slate Book Review, writer Matthew Kirschenbaum tells the story of what was probably the first novel ever written using a word processor - IBM’s MTST (Magnetic Tape Selectric Typewriter). This brief but insightful article, titled The Book-Writing Machine, gives us a glimpse of the author, the machine, and the novel at the center of this pleasent little slice of late-1960s era computing history. 

The Race for Microprocessor Leadership in Silicon Valley: Jan 7, 2012 IEEE Life Member Meeting in Mt View, CA

Abstract:

The microprocessor changed what is now known as Silicon Valley from a mostly agricultural and defense electronics region into a center of innovation for many new technologies. How did that happen and what challenges were faced along the way?

CEO John Hollar's CHM Progress Report at Jan 7, 2012 IEEE Life Member Meeting

John Hollar, Computer History Museum (CHM) President and CEO, delivered a progress report on CHM activities at the January 7th IEEE Life Member meeting in Mt View, CA.  The CHM has become the leading institution that's archived computer artifacts, but also a thought leader on the impact of computing on our society.

Four CHM areas were cited by John as being particularly successful:

1.  Events such as lectures and conversations, such as the Revolutionary series, have been very well attended and widely acclaimed for excellence.  The Revolutionaries series launched with 13 lectures in 2011 and won such acclaim that it has been extended for another 14 events in 2012-13.

CHM Event Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Sun Micro’s SPARC Microprocessor

On November 1, 2012, a panel of Sun Micro luminaries discussed how the company “bet the ranch” on the SPARC microprocessor at an early and critical stage of the company’s development.    The panel was expertly moderated by my Northeastern University MSEE classmate Dave House. CHM CEO/Prez John Hollar did a great job introducing and closing the program.

The rationale for developing SPARC was that Sun Micro needed higher performance than was then available from Intel, Motorola, Zilog, microprocessors for their next gen workstations. SPARC was designed by Anant Agrawal as a higher performance RISC microprocessor using gate array technology rather than traditional stored program machine.

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