[SIGCIS-Members] New CHM Lecture Online! - Innovating the Future

Dag Spicer dspicer at computerhistory.org
Fri May 17 08:04:49 PDT 2013

Dear SIGCIS Colleagues,

Here is a recording of our latest lecture, Innovating the Future: SRI's Curt Calrson and Bill Mark in conversation with The New York Times columnist John Markoff, which took place this Tuesday last.




Published on May 17, 2013

[Recorded: April 14,2013] 

SRI International's pioneering contributions to computing are legendary, from the invention of the computer mouse and interactive computing in the 1960s, to the first internetworked and wireless connections in the 1970s. Fast-forward to 2010, when SRI created the first-generation virtual personal assistant and sold Siri to Apple.

Over 66 years, SRI has conducted billions of dollars of R&D and has created enormous value through spin-off ventures such as Nuance and Intuitive Surgical. Other innovations include new cancer drugs, digital math curriculum to help students break through algebra and move on to higher math, and much more. How does SRI do it, while many powerhouse corporate research labs have disappeared?

John Markoff of The New York Times will explore SRI, beginning with a conversation with William Mark, Vice President of Information and Computing Sciences. Hear what Mark and his researchers are imagining and turning into reality: from virtual personal assistants capable of human-like dialogue, to next-generation textbooks that use artificial intelligence, and human-machine interfaces that anticipate your moves.

To learn how SRI moves its research from the laboratory into the marketplace, they will be joined on stage by SRI's President and CEO Curt Carlson. Carlson will offer a unique definition of innovation and discuss its importance in government policy, education, and U.S. competitiveness.

We hope you'll join us for another compelling conversation led by John Markoff, who is our moderator-in-chief for this track examining and celebrating innovation at research labs.

This event is part of the Museum's acclaimed Revolutionaries speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders, and authors in enthralling conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences learn about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

Dag Spicer
Senior Curator
Computer History Museum

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