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CS 151: Computer-Mediated Communication Class 3: CMC History Continued: Big Iron Computing Tim Groeling [email protected] Today’s Plan Announcements Sent some e-mailed links on analog computing. Clicker: worked, but make sure you register it (otherwise it just tells me a serial number, which isn’t helpful unless matched) Syllabus revision groups. Going ok? Grading system. Historical Development of Computers/Networks Carry over some bits from last lecture Watch some of two different PBS documentaries later (Triumph of the Nerds, and Nerds 2.0.1); not going to make it through all of this today.
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Clicker Test #2 Question of the day: Ignoring the expense, which of the following would cause you the most suffering if it stopped working for 24 hours? A. Your phone B. Your computer C. Your car (or main mode of transport) D. Your internet connection Related: War of the Worlds Guy Wants Better Encyclopedia 1937 is fast-moving and dangerous, and democracies need best info possible to make decisions and Fght Martians. But from where? Didn’t like stodgy encyclopedias (overwhelmed and out of date) or universities (stodgier still and unwilling to take on relevant topics) Really impressed with microFlm as a compact, efFcient storage medium. Wants all knowledge collected and organized on it (by pros paid to do it) in a “Permanent World Encyclopaedia.” Easy to duplicate and distribute around the world; public could access the “complete planetary memory of mankind”=>Peace.
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Another Visionary: Vannever Bush In “As We May Think,” Bush identifed a similar problem: Technology had increased transmission speed and permanence oF stored inFo, but people were increasingly unable to search eFFectively. Spend lot oF time looking For relevant inFo (cumbersome fling) Can’t retrieve inFo readily, even aFter we’ve looked at it beFore (scientifc journals) He argued For the necessity oF a better solution: the Memex. What Did He Want? ... and are we there yet? (Memex vs. iPhone) Memex was a “device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and ±exibility.” Don’t have my entire library digitized, but tons oF music, e-mail, and lots oF books/
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2011 for the course COMM 151 taught by Professor Groeling during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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