Upcoming Events

Feb 28, 2018 11:30 AM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Technically Speaking
Press Play: The Origins of QuickTime
A Panel Discussion with Members of the Original Apple QuickTime Development Team—Doug Camplejohn, Peter Hoddie & Bruce Leak
Join us as Center for Software History curator Hansen Hsu leads a conversation with members of the original QuickTime team about the creation of QuickTime, its evolution, and its impact on the computer and media industries.
From Hollywood blockbusters to social media cat videos, the ability to record, edit and play video on mobile devices and personal computers has changed the way we consume and produce moving images. 25 years ago, this technology was in its infancy. In 1991, Apple released QuickTime, the first mass-market digital video software for personal computers. QuickTime is a multimedia platform for developers to add audiovisual recording, editing, and playback to their applications. Because it was built into the Macintosh operating system, users did not need to buy more hardware or software to play video. QuickTime became the most widespread media format on PCs after Apple brought it to Windows, and its incorporation into the MPEG-4 standard, used in every cell phone, computer, and set top video player today, cemented Apple’s position as a leading provider of media creation technology. How was QuickTime created? What role did it play in Apple’s history? And what impact does it have today?

Join us as Center for Software History curator Hansen Hsu leads a conversation with members of the original QuickTime team about the creation of QuickTime, its evolution, and its impact on the computer and media industries.
This event will be streamed live on our Facebook page: facebook.com/computerhistory.
Mar 15, 2018 11:30 AM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Technically Speaking
Minitel: The Web before the Web
Authors Kevin Driscoll & Julien Mailland in Conversation with Internet History Program Curatorial Director Marc Weber
A decade before the web began taking the rest of us online, France was fully connected. By 1984 six million citizens were reading newspapers, sending emails, buying train tickets, paying taxes and engaging in scandalous chat on the Minitel system. That usage grew to over half of the country's population of 60 million by the early 1990s, most tapping away on home terminals offered for free by the French phone company. At its peak there were over 25,000 sites to choose from, and the system wasn’t fully shut down until 2012. How did this first mass online world emerge, and shape the Internet we use today?
A decade before the web began taking the rest of us online, France was fully connected. By 1984 six million citizens were reading newspapers, sending emails, buying train tickets, paying taxes and engaging in scandalous chat on the Minitel system. That usage grew to over half of the country's population of 60 million by the early 1990s, most tapping away on home terminals offered for free by the French phone company. At its peak there were over 25,000 sites to choose from, and the system wasn’t fully shut down until 2012. How did this first mass online world emerge, and shape the internet we use today? Why did Minitel and its parent Videotex standard fail beyond France—and what lessons does that history hold for today’s online pioneers?

Join Marc Weber, curatorial director of the Museum’s Internet History Program, as he explores these questions with Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll. Mailland and Driscoll are the authors of Minitel: Welcome to the Internet, published by MIT Press in June 2017.


This event was produced by CHM’s Internet History Program. This event will be streamed live on our Facebook page: facebook.com/computerhistory.
May 23, 2018 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
Medicine in the Digital Age
A Conversation with Atul Butte, Director of the UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences
Biotechnology expert Atul Butte joins us to discuss how the application of genomics, AI, big data, and other technologies could transform healthcare.
Biotechnology expert Atul Butte joins us to discuss how the application of genomics, AI, big data, and other technologies could transform healthcare. Save the date! More event details to come. Please check back soon.
Jul 11, 2018 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
The New Electricity
Deeplearning.ai Founder Andrew Ng in Conversation with Museum Historian John Markoff
Andrew Ng, the former head of Baidu’s AI Lab and the Google Brain project, joins us to discuss the potential economic and social impacts of artificial intelligence, the research and entrepreneurship opportunities AI is creating, and the technologies driving rapid growth in this field.
Andrew Ng, the former head of Baidu’s AI Lab and the Google Brain project, joins us to discuss the potential economic and social impacts of artificial intelligence, the research and entrepreneurship opportunities AI is creating, and the technologies driving rapid growth in this field. Save the date! More event details to come. Please check back soon.
Jul 25, 2018 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
Quantum Questions
Microsoft Research’s Krysta Svore, Google Quantum AI Lab’s John Martinis & IBM Research’s Jerry Chow
Quantum computing leaders from Microsoft, Google, and IBM join Center for Software History Director David C. Brock to discuss the history and growth of the quantum computing field as well as their current work and predictions for the future.
Microsoft Principal Researcher & Research Manager Krysta Svore, Google Quantum AI Lab Member John Martinis, and Manager of Experimental Quantum Computing at IBM Research Jerry Chow join Center for Software History Director David Brock to discuss the history and growth of the quantum computing field as well as their current work and predictions for the future. Save the date! More event details to come. Please check back soon.
Aug 8, 2018 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
Algorithms of Oppression
Author Safiya Noble in Conversation with Center for Software History Director David C. Brock
Author Safiya Noble sits down with the Museum’s Center for Software History Director David C. Brock to discuss her book on how negative biases are embedded in the world’s largest search engines.
Author Safiya Noble sits down with the Museum’s Center for Software History Director David C. Brock to discuss her book on how negative biases are embedded in the world’s largest search engines. Save the date! More event details to come. Please check back soon.
Oct 23, 2018 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
The Front Page of the Internet
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman in Conversation with Fortune Senior Writer Michal Lev-Ram
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman shares the site’s origin story, discusses the technology powering the platform, and describes the company’s approach to privacy, free speech, and much more.
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman shares the site’s origin story, discusses the technology powering the platform, and describes the company’s approach to privacy, free speech, and much more. Save the date! More event details to come. Please check back soon.