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Leading Man: Inspired Stories From a Silicon Valley Icon

Leading Man: Inspired Stories From a Silicon Valley Icon

Storytelling can “engage the heart” and inspire people to follow your vision, according to John Hennessy, Alphabet chairman and former president of Stanford University. He and moderator Marissa Mayer, cofounder of Lumi Labs and former president and CEO of Yahoo, recently discussed some of the leadership stories and advice that Hennessy shares in his new book Leading Matters: Lessons From My Journey. Read More
Who Invented the Microprocessor?

Who Invented the Microprocessor?

The microprocessor is hailed as one of the most significant engineering milestones of all time. The lack of a generally agreed definition of the term has supported many claims to be the inventor of the microprocessor. This article describes a chronology of early approaches to integrating the primary building blocks of a computer on to fewer and fewer microelectronic chips, culminating in the concept of the microprocessor. Read More
Artifact Stories: A Tradition of Disruption, Innovation & Exponential Impact

Artifact Stories: A Tradition of Disruption, Innovation & Exponential Impact

Exponential Center 2018 interns—Maya, Yuki, Catherine, and Hannah—gathered a lot of knowledge about Silicon Valley and its ecosystem during their internship. They've each picked one of their favorite artifacts in the Museum’s collection to share some of the information and insights they gained during their time at CHM. Read More
Navigating the Quantum Computing Frontier

Navigating the Quantum Computing Frontier

Perhaps you are like me: You’ve aware that quantum computing is a hot topic today but have a nagging feeling that you don’t really have a good picture of what it’s all about. Sure, you know it has something to do with the unintuitive behavior of the world described by quantum mechanics—cats in boxes that are blends of alive and dead until you look inside, and photons coordinating their properties instantaneously over great distances and that are also sometimes a particle and sometimes a wave. And you also know that somehow in this weird behavior, researchers see the possibility for a new kind of computer that accomplish feats that computers like the ones that you own could never dream of doing. Oh, and you know there is something about these quantum computers being able to break all the codes. Read More
The Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop and the Billion Dollar Toilet Seat

The Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop and the Billion Dollar Toilet Seat

A microprocessor-embedded Lucite toilet seat and colorful handheld sun umbrellas featured in a group photograph of attendees at the 44th Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop (AMW44) in April 2018 represent the irreverent sense of humor combined with the pursuit of cutting-edge technology and an unrelenting hacker ethic that have pervaded these influential annual meetings of “movers, shakers, nerds, and greybeards of the industry” since 1975. Read More
Invested in China: Venture Capitalists on Growing Chinese Tech Companies

Invested in China: Venture Capitalists on Growing Chinese Tech Companies

Remember when “Made in China” was synonymous with a cheap toy or electronic knockoff? Those days are long over. Chinese tech firms, once seen as quaint or copycats, can now count Alibaba, Tencent, and Ant Financial in the world’s top 10 most valuable internet companies, alongside Alphabet, Facebook, and Amazon. And the country’s tech economy is taking on, and beating, global rivals. Chinese founders are pushing the edge with new business models and disruptive innovations . . . and venture capitalists from both sides of the Pacific are shifting investments in a big way with important implications. Read More
#CHMTeenTakeover Recap

#CHMTeenTakeover Recap

After months of planning, organizing, and sending many, many emails, the Teen Engagement Council hosted “Power Up the Future” on June 22, 2018, bringing approximately 500 people to the Museum for the first of an annual event series dedicated to promoting teens’ interest in technology. Read More
Dissecting Medicine in the Digital Age with UCSF’s Dr. Atul Butte

Dissecting Medicine in the Digital Age with UCSF’s Dr. Atul Butte

Chanel Lloren Jun 13, 2018 CHM Live
Today, sequencing our genetic code or doing a DNA test is affordable, fast, and can even connect people with long lost relatives. Additionally, these genetic databases are producing real-world applications—including creating targeted drug therapies to treat certain cancers, narrowing down suspects in criminal investigations, and identifying disease-causing genetic mutations. Read More
Task Rabbits and Thunder Lizards: A Founder and Funder Story

Task Rabbits and Thunder Lizards: A Founder and Funder Story

When a founder’s vision sparks a funder’s interest, an idea can become an enterprise with the potential to reimagine the whole idea of community. That’s what happened when TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque and Floodgate venture capitalist Ann Miura-Ko joined forces. The two discussed their partnership growing one of the earliest companies of the sharing economy during a panel produced by the Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum (CHM) on May 16, 2018. Read More
The Eudora™ Email Client Source Code

The Eudora™ Email Client Source Code

Electronic mail is one of “killer apps” of networked computing. The ability to quickly send and receive messages without having to be online at the same time created a new form of human communication. By now billions of people have used email. Read More