June 25, 2022

Videos From Inaugural Computer History Conference

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The Initial Intercontinental Exploration Meeting on the Historical past of Computing, dubbed Computing’s Woodstock, collected together a world wide elite of computer system pioneers. It took position in June 1976 and now the Personal computer History Museum has restored 21 video clip recordings of its classes and posted them on its YouTube channel.

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Saying this new resource which offers a interesting perception into the early yrs of the electronic digital computer, Dag Spicer, Senior Curator at the Laptop Record Museum states:

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For 5 summer days in 1976, the initial generation of pc rock stars had its possess Woodstock. Coming from around the world, dozens of computing’s top engineers, experts, and computer software pioneers got alongside one another to mirror upon the to start with 25 decades of their self-discipline in the heat, sunny (and most likely a bit unsettling) climes of the Los Alamos National Laboratories, birthplace of the atomic bomb.

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This photograph of 140 of the attendees is element of the CMH collection. Follow this backlink to find the legend that identifies the bulk of them. What I come across attention-grabbing is that around a quarter of the group are women, but none of the speakers are female.

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Most talks are somewhere around 45 minutes in length with a quick dilemma and remedy interval afterwards and as the playlist reveals they arrive from some of the greatest acknowledged names in computer system science. Primarily the target is on hardware, but programming was also covered. Here is John Backus offering his impressions of programming in the early 1950s some thing he remembers “actually was pleasurable”

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https://www.youtube.com/check out?v=EylBknGtkqA

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An additional own account of what it was like to be 1 of the quite first programmers came from Edsger Dijkstra: https://www.youtube.com/observe?v=L5EyOokcl7s

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And here is Donald Knuth, conversing about the Early Historical past of Programming Languages, who, in reaction to a problem mentions that he has options to creator a resource book on pc science! https://www.youtube.com/view?v=GHT7sWD3-Ho

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Sadly this video clip is truncated. Nevertheless, like the vast majority of the talks at the event the lecture’s transcript is involved in the edited volume from the meeting, A Historical past of Computing in the Twentieth Century, see side panel.

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Computing’s Woodstock – the Los Alamos Conference

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