[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: Grady Booch's new project, "Computing; the Human Experience"

David Alan Grier grier at gwu.edu
Sat Dec 3 14:42:57 PST 2011

He has been talking about this project within the IEEE for some time, perhaps a year.  The summary below more or less captures what I know about it. At one point he circulates. Short treatment of his idea but he has advanced his idea substantially since then. It might be a good idea to ask him for a summary for this list. 

David Alan Grier
Editor emeritus, Annals of the History d Computing 
President-elect, IEEE Computer Society
IEEE Fellow 
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On Dec 3, 2011, at 10:09 AM, Andrew Russell <arussell at stevens.edu> wrote:

> Hi everyone - 
> Some of you might have already seen this message posted to Dave Farber's IP list yesterday.  It looks like a fascinating project, and, even better, it looks like CHM has a prominent role in its direction.  I wonder if anyone from CHM who is on the list (Dag? Alex?) could say more about it?
> Cheers,
> Andy
> Begin forwarded message:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Mary Shaw <mary.shaw at cs.cmu.edu>
>> To: Dave Farber <dave at farber.net>
>> Sent: Fri, 02 Dec 2011 2:47 PM
>> Subject: For IP: Grady Booch's new project, "Computing; the Human Experience"
>> Dave,
>> I'd like to call IP readers' attention to Grady Booch's new project, 
>> "Computing: The Human Experience". Grady is an IBM Fellow and Chief 
>> Scientist at IBM research; I have held him in high regard for many years. 
>> Grady has now turned his attention to interpreting computing to the 
>> public at large. He's developing a project in a variety of media, aiming 
>> to explain not only the technology but also how it affects everyone and 
>> how individuals following their own passions have shaped it. Think Carl 
>> Sagan's Cosmos, but for computing.
>> The project is at http://computingthehumanexperience.com/public/
>> Grady is currently raising seed funding through Kickstarter, 
>> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1747241049/computing-a-documentary-of-the-human-experience
>> In his description there, he says,
>> "Computing is a story of ambition, passion, invention, creativity, 
>> vision, avarice, and serendipity, powered by a refusal to accept the 
>> limits of our bodies and our minds. From the abacus to the iPad, from 
>> Gutenberg to Google, from Enigma to GPS, we have created computers to 
>> count the uncountable, remember beyond our own experiences, and see the 
>> invisible as well as the unforeseeable. To explore computing is the 21st 
>> Century equivalent of Cousteau exploring the sea, of Hughes exploring 
>> modern art, and of Burns exploring the American experience through the 
>> Civil War, baseball, and jazz. "
>> There's an e-week article at 
>> http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Infrastructure/IBM-Chief-Scientist-to-Launch-TV-Series-on-Computing-340515/
>> and an InfoQ article at
>> http://www.infoq.com/news/2011/12/booch-tv
>> I have the great good fortune to serve on the advisory board for the 
>> project, and I thnk IP'ers will be interested in following its progress.
>> Mary Shaw
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