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Happy 30th to the World Wide Web!

Happy 30th to the World Wide Web!

Thirty years ago this month, physicist turned programmer Tim Berners-Lee first proposed what became the World Wide Web. A few months later he resubmitted the proposal with his colleague Robert Cailliau. Today the web is living up to its ambitious name, serving over four billion people with more to come. Read More
A Conversation with Artist & Musician Mark Mothersbaugh

A Conversation with Artist & Musician Mark Mothersbaugh

DEVO has reunited a few times, but Mothersbaugh has kept working on his solo projects, including scoring films by Wes Anderson, like The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, as well as major blockbusters like The Lego Movie and Thor: Ragnorok. Even now, when he might compose a half-dozen scores in a year while still occasionally touring with DEVO, he is also creating unique art works, like his orchestrions, on exhibit in the CHM Learning Lab. Read More
Meeting Whirlwind’s Joe Thompson

Meeting Whirlwind’s Joe Thompson

The photograph was dated 1950, a date when a now unimaginably small number of humans had ever beheld a computer, no less touched one, and when unabashed racism and discrimination was endemic on the American scene. Who was the young African-American man who nevertheless sat at the controls of this storied machine? What was his name? What was his story? Read More
Venturing Forth: The Exponential Center Launches a Venture Capital Initiative

Venturing Forth: The Exponential Center Launches a Venture Capital Initiative

The Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum is leading an ambitious program to capture and share the untold stories of pioneering venture capitalists and their partnerships with disruptors and innovators that extend from idea to IPO and beyond. The companies they have created have led to new industries and jobs, generated tremendous wealth, and changed the way we live. Read More
Madeleine Moment Connects Moore’s Law Artifacts

Madeleine Moment Connects Moore’s Law Artifacts

While trying to decipher the notes in Gordon’s cryptic scrawl, something familiar about the arrangement of the rectangles triggered my Madeleine Moment. This was the Rosetta Stone to the device types in that 1967 photograph and the first five appeared to match the years of the devices on the plot of Figure 2 from the 1965 article. Read More
Blitzscaling: How Silicon Valley Learned to Grow

Blitzscaling: How Silicon Valley Learned to Grow

Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn and partner at the venture capital firm Greylock, joined CHM CEO Dan'l Lewin on December 4 to discuss the new book he co-wrote with Chris Yeh: Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies. Read More
Artifact Adopted! Preserving the Legend of J. M. Jacquard

Artifact Adopted! Preserving the Legend of J. M. Jacquard

One of the most significant figures along the path to the development of automatic computation was a French weaver and merchant born during the reign of Louis XV—Joseph Marie Jacquard. CHM's J. M. Jacquard portrait was “adopted” by first-time donor Junfeng Pan. Thanks to his generosity, our portrait will undergo much needed conservation in 2019. Read More
Jingle Bits: Auditory Maintenance, Whirlwind Holiday Songs & the Dawn of Computer Music

Jingle Bits: Auditory Maintenance, Whirlwind Holiday Songs & the Dawn of Computer Music

Sixty-seven years to the day after the television debut of Whirlwind’s “Jingle Bells,” we offer you this restoration of the program from the original punched paper tape at CHM, recovering an overlooked early piece of the rise of computer music from the auditory maintenance of early electronic digital computers. Read More
Innovating Prosperity

Innovating Prosperity

On November 13, Clay Christensen, voted “the World’s Most Influential Business Management Thinker,” shared a preview of his upcoming book, Prosperity Paradox, followed by a discussion with Intuit cofounder and chair Scott Cook. Read More
Remembering CHM Fellow Evelyn Berezin

Remembering CHM Fellow Evelyn Berezin

We salute 2015 CHM Fellow Award Honoree Evelyn Berezin for her early work in computer design and a lifetime of entrepreneurial activity. Read More