Artifact Details

Title

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. A lecture by IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center's Grady Booch

Catalog Number

102740140

Type

Moving image

Date

2017-03-24

Participants

Booch, Grady, Speaker

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View

Format

Mov

Description

“The limits of the possible,” said Arthur C. Clarke, “can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.” Our mythologies, our books, our movies have given voice to our dreams of computers that transcend human abilities; we do not lack for imagination of the impossible. In a sense, the history of computing can be seen through the lens of how our science and our engineering have yielded a continuous process of making the impossible possible. However, there are things we know we cannot do, there are some things we don’t yet know how to do, and there are some things we probably shouldn’t do.

This presentation is the next lecture in the documentary project Computing: The Human Experience. Here, we will explore how we take our dreams of computing machines that do the impossible and turn them into the possible, with a consideration for the limits we must overcome, from the laws of physics to the principles of design to the constraints of our very human ethical and moral frameworks.

Category

Lecture

Collection Title

CHM Live

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8140.2017