02010.08.26: Day two of the Introduction to Computer Science class.
[Note: This posting uses 5-digit years.]
Rewind three weeks…
02010.08.03 at 2:10pm @mkapor tweeted:
I’m grouchy that so few people (except us old-timers) have even heard of Ted Nelson http://bit.ly/cGbsWC (Wikipedia bio)
Observe: Mitch Kapor hyperlinked into the Wikipedia.
02010:08.03 at 2:11pm @mkapor tweeted:
All of the web is in essence a pale shadow of just one of Ted Nelson’s dreams. Now do I have your attention?
Hmm… Who is Mitch Kapor?
2010.08.03 at 2:15pm @nanofoo in reply to @mkapor:
I’m going to make sure my CS1 students learn a bit about Ted Nelson this fall. They’ll come in knowing Gates & Jobs, but not Nelson.
@nanofoo never got reply from @mkapor, but @rossk did…
02010.08.03 at 2:48pm @rossk in reply to @mkapor:
where should the Nelson-newbie start?
02010.08.03 at 8:07pm@mkapor in reply to @rossk
Read “Computer Lib” by Nelson. Also see the Wired article on him for a dissenting view
Mitch Kapor did not provide his followers with hyperlinks, but here they are: Computer Lib/Dream Machine (dot-pdf) and Wired.com: The Curse of Xanadu
This posting uses 5-digit years and that is because I am a member of the Long Now Foundation. [Follow on Twitter @longnow.]
In 02002, Mitch Kapor made the first Long Bet (By 02029 no computer – or “machine intelligence” – will have passed the Turing Test.) with Ray Kurzweil. Hmm… Who is Ray Kurzweil? [Follow on Twitter @KurzweilAINews.]
02010.08.25 at 12:00pm @compufoo tweeted:
I agree with Ray Kurzweil that “exponential growth is the reality of information technology.” #future
I learned a lot from reading reading Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near.
In a nutshell, Kapor and Kurzweil are futurists whose last names start with the letter ‘K’. There another futurist whose last name starts with the letter ‘K’ and that is Alan Kay. In the Introduction to Computer Science we use the C++ programming language. C++ supports object oriented programming (OOP) and Alan Kay is considered one of the fathers of OOP.
Alan Kay was once quoted saying: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
The following picture of the Foundation Building at Arizona State University was taken during early August of 02010.