Calendar of Events  

The Road Not Taken
 


Richard P. Gabriel


DATE & TIME
Thursday, January 23, 2003

6:30-7:00pm Registration/Networking
7:00-9:00pm Program

LOCATION
PARC (formerly Xerox PARC)
3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA


REGISTRATION
Registration is now closed.



Call (650) 810-1898 for information.


ABSTRACT OF TALK
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Numerous computer researchers and practitioners believe we've come to a wood where two roads diverge: One road calls for us to continue as we have writing unreliable software using inappropriate languages, and debilitating methodologies under the rickety mathematical and engineering metaphors we developed in the 1960s or earlier, and the other begs us to find new metaphors and ways of approaching software to make system building safe, easier, and with respect for our humanity.

IBM's Autonomic Computing, MIT's Amorphous Computing, the Feyerabend Project, the Biological Framings Workshop-all these are looking beyond current theories in ways reminiscent of Kuhn's paradigm shifts and Feyerabend's counterinduction.

In this talk, Gabriel looks at the problems and proposed directions for the way less traveled: biology, physics, and complexity science, for example.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

MEMBERSHIP
The Computer History Museum offers a variety of membership levels. To find out more, please visit our individual membership or call 650-810-2722.

 

About the Museum | Exhibits | Collections | What's Happening | Giving | About This Site
Privacy | Copyright | Feedback | Credits | Advanced Search | Site Map

© 2004 Computer History Museum. All rights reserved.
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View CA 94043    Ph 650-810-1010