Dear Doug,60 years ago you set the agenda to increase the collective ability to deal with urgent complex problems. And you succeeded in in every possible respect! Now it is up to mankind, that is all of us(!), to use and improve the collaborative tools in a way to solve today’s global problems. Thank you for trailblazing the first steps. Lots of health and joy to you!
Matthias Müller-Prove, Hamburg, Germany
I realized that the special issue of the IEEE Annals on “Methods and Challenges in the History of Informatics” has been published.
The editorial and Mike Mahoney’s article are available at www.computer.org/portal/site/annals/Well done.
Joseph Weizenbaum at MEDICHI 2007
Klagenfurt Campus TV recorded the keynote from Mike Mahoney What Makes the History of Software Hard and Why it Matters, the read-out talk for Niklaus Wirth A Brief History of Software Engineering, Tibor Vamos’ presentation Nothing is More Practical than a Good Theory, and Joseph Weizenbaum‘s closing keynote Social and political impact of the long term history of computing at MEDICHI 2007.
Watch the video here /via.
Find more videos at mprove: webcasts.
PS: Happy birthday Joe, to your 85th birthday today!
According to Joe Weizenbaum, the single most important paragraph of his book Computer Power and Human Reason is the following on page 276:
It is a widely held but a grievously mistaken belief that civil courage finds exercise only in the context of world-shaking events. To the contrary, its most arduous exercise is often in those small contexts in which the challenge is to overcome the fears induced by petty concerns over career, over our relationships to those who appear to have power over us, over whatever may disturb the tranquility of our mundane existence.
I met Joe at MEDICHI in Klagenfurt last year. A great moment where he touched me.