[SIGCIS-Members] Here it is!

Ceruzzi, Paul CeruzziP at si.edu
Tue Jun 7 12:50:46 PDT 2022


The first public discussion of the Colossus came several years earlier, in a paper by I. J. "Jack" Good, "Some Future Social Repercussions of Computers," in the journal International Journal of Environmental Studies​ 1 (1970), 67-79. Good worked at Bletchley, although that was not known at the time. His paper talked about the evolution of generations of computers to a point where it would spontaneously say "Cogito Ergo Sum," and then shortly thereafter "I am that I am" (Book of Exodus, King James edition). Good's ideas also found their way into 2001, a Space Odyssey​_ where he served as a consultant to Kubrick.

I came across the paper a year or two later at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City.

Paul Ceruzzi
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Subject: Here it is!


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Los Alamos Conference… 1976.



Brian, as I’m sure you recall, you and Doc Coombs were the smash hit of the entire thing.

My mini-blog: https://computerhistory.org/blog/computings-woodstock/<https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcomputerhistory.org%2Fblog%2Fcomputings-woodstock%2F&data=05%7C01%7CCeruzziP%40si.edu%7C519a38b0e90e4bfeebd408da48981cae%7C989b5e2a14e44efe93b78cdd5fc5d11c%7C0%7C0%7C637902115396854574%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=IMwvoy2wvX2%2BByeYIicwVrFXk5gTkg8nAh2wGILjTaE%3D&reserved=0>



The playlist of lectures: https://computerhistory.org/playlists/international-research-conference-on-the-history-of-computing/<https://nam02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcomputerhistory.org%2Fplaylists%2Finternational-research-conference-on-the-history-of-computing%2F&data=05%7C01%7CCeruzziP%40si.edu%7C519a38b0e90e4bfeebd408da48981cae%7C989b5e2a14e44efe93b78cdd5fc5d11c%7C0%7C0%7C637902115396854574%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=32z2GbFoaMJ6PiU7DSqPCSDhmenJIIxM67b0jYa833U%3D&reserved=0>



(I hope it isn’t too irreverent to call it Woodstock… I tried to say something modern… the joke’s on me I suppose since Woodstock happened *before* the conference and is hardly considered modern anymore, albeit it did foreshadow some features of modernity).

Please let me know your thoughts… if you so wish.

Dag

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