There is an ambitious, and rather spectacular project going on that is trying to tell the story of humankind today, and how we got here. No, it’s not about the evolution of the species as you might think it to be — when we learned to use fire, or tools, or agriculture. But it is a story about the way humans have shaped the world as we know it, and our species, with computing. The project is lead by Grady Booch, an IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist at IBM Research. Booch wants to tell the story of computing and humanity — the story of what roles computing has played in everything from faith to food, from war to weather, from breakthroughs in how we communicate to how we travel. The project is huge and incredibly challenging but equally fascinating.
IBM chief scientist and co-creator of the Unified Modelling Language Grady Booch has a new project to keep him busy: a ‘trans-media’ documentary on the history of computing. Dubbed Computing: The Human Experience, Booch envisions the project as a multi-part documentary series broadcast via traditional media as well as web streaming but also in a veriaty of other formats, including eBooks, iPad apps, “a social network,” and a series of educational games.
Computing is taken for granted in our post-PC world, in which we are increasingly surrounded by a multitude of smart devices. But did you know that computing and our quest to build intelligent machines is essentially a human narrative and a stunningly engaging one at that? That’s the premise of a new Kickstarter project from Grady Booch, IBM’s chief scientist, co-creator of the Unified Modeling Language and a rock star in the programming world. Booch is looking for $25,000 to help launch Computing: The Human Experience. The project is aimed at shining a light on computing much the way that Carl Sagan’s Cosmos TV series elevated the universe 25 years ago, generating excitement over the exploration and understanding of the heavens.
IBM’s chief scientist for software engineering research has launched a new project to bring computing into the lives and living rooms of people all over the world. Remember Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series, which unlocked the secrets of the universe for mere mortals? Well, this project, known as “Computing: The Human Experience,” is aimed at doing the same thing for the computer industry.