Articles from 2017(57)

10 Most-Read @CHM Blogs of 2017

10 Most-Read @CHM Blogs of 2017

2017 proved a remarkable year for computing and the Computer History Museum (CHM) in many ways, and we’ve documented it all on our blog. Join us as we revisit our 10 most-read blogs of 2017. Read More
In the Holiday Spirit: Festive Music by Computer!

In the Holiday Spirit: Festive Music by Computer!

Before computer gaming, music, and art became mainstay applications and tools for creation, engineers often created programs to demonstrate a machine’s capabilities in ways that were easy for the public follow. It took many years to get musicians into the idea of composing using a computer, and even longer to get general audiences to take those works seriously. Read More
From Sailboats to Startups: Diane Greene’s Silicon Valley

From Sailboats to Startups: Diane Greene’s Silicon Valley

Diane Greene says her favorite experience ever was when, as a young woman, she windsurfed 15 miles from Molakai to Maui . . . alone. That confidence in her abilities and comfort with taking risks has served her well throughout her storied career as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, leading engineering teams and cofounding multiple startups. These include virtualization giant VMware, which she took to a $2 billion run rate over the course of 10 years. As CEO, Greene took the company public and oversaw its sale to EMC in 2003 for $635 million. Now she leads Google’s cloud enterprise, directing the growth and strategy of a major business partnering with customers like Snapchat, Disney, and eBay, and sits on the boards of Alphabet, Intuit, and MIT. In a July 2017 fireside chat with Exponential Executive Director Marguerite Gong Hancock at the Computer History Museum (CHM), Greene shared her experiences and insights. Read More
Opening Doors and Disrupting Labs: Entrepreneurs Daphne Koller and Debra Sterling Expand Education

Opening Doors and Disrupting Labs: Entrepreneurs Daphne Koller and Debra Sterling Expand Education

It takes both vision and commitment to see that expanding educational opportunities today will make a better future and then to create a company to do just that. Calico Chief Computing Officer and Coursera cofounder and cochair Daphne Koller and GoldieBlox founder and CEO Debra Sterling have done it. In a panel produced by CHM Live and the Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum (CHM) on November 7, Koller and Sterling candidly discuss the challenges and rewards of creating their businesses from the ground-up and offer advice to new entrepreneurs—particularly women. Read More
New iPhone Exhibit Celebrates the “One Device that Changes Everything”

New iPhone Exhibit Celebrates the “One Device that Changes Everything”

As part of the Exponential Center’s iPhone 360 Project, in collaboration with the Museum’s Senior Curator Dag Spicer, Internet History Program Curatorial Director Marc Weber, and the Center for Software History‘s Director David C. Brock and Curator Hansen Hsu, the Computer History Museum (CHM) has launched a new exhibit that explores the technology, history, and business and social impact of the revolutionary device. While the 30-foot-high graphic display can be viewed in the Museum’s lobby, we are pleased to share the content from the exhibit below with all of CHM’s virtual visitors. Read More
Born in a Van: Happy 40th Birthday to the Internet!

Born in a Van: Happy 40th Birthday to the Internet!

Over the shortening fall days of 1977, an unmarked silver step van filled with futuristic equipment, shaggy-haired engineers, and sometimes fully uniformed generals quietly cruised the streets of the San Francisco Peninsula. Only an oddly shaped antenna gave a hint of its purpose. Read More
Google’s Dr. Fernando Pereira on Natural Language Understanding & Machine Learning

Google’s Dr. Fernando Pereira on Natural Language Understanding & Machine Learning

Chanel Lloren  Nov 16, 2017 CHM Live
Perhaps the most common sector of AI today are personal chatbots, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, commercially available to the masses. Google’s iteration of this is the Google Assistant, a personal virtual assistant that works across all your devices, including your phone, watch, laptop, and TV. Read More
Someone Else’s Computer: The Prehistory of Cloud Computing

Someone Else’s Computer: The Prehistory of Cloud Computing

“There is no cloud,” goes the quip. “It’s just someone else’s computer.”The joke gets at a key feature of cloud computing: Your data and the software to process it reside in a remote data center — perhaps owned by Amazon, Google, or Microsoft — which you share with many users even if it feels like it’s yours alone. Read More
10 Years Old and 1.2 Billion Sold: The Business of iPhone

10 Years Old and 1.2 Billion Sold: The Business of iPhone

Before the iPhone landed like a meteorite in 2007, it wasn’t clear that a revolution in mobile phones was coming or even necessary, says Benedict Evans, partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Back in 2006, it seemed that the devices, like cars and cameras, were making slow and steady progress with incremental improvements in design and technology. Desktop computers were dominant, but mobile phones also had features and apps, though they were expensive and distribution channels restrictive. Text messaging was possible but cost a lot, and users could browse the internet, although it was so difficult many didn’t bother. The iPhone changed all that. Read More
Why Your Zip Code Affects Your Health & How Tech Can Help

Why Your Zip Code Affects Your Health & How Tech Can Help

Lauren Miyamoto  Oct 27, 2017 CHM Live
In an age of sophisticated healthcare technologies and research tools, the doctors you see or hospitals you visit are only a small part of what determines your health. Through extensive research and data analysis, one doctor discovered a tie between your zip code and your health. Read More
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