Colossus …in Lego.
In a piece for Medium commissioned by Matter, Jon Norris describes a little-known aspect of the UK’s information technology history:
Gender equality is still a major issue in the technology industry, but 50 years ago one British company was blazing trails.
I, for one, welcome our slime mould overlords.
The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.
A classic piece of design fiction written by Mark Weiser 21 years ago.
The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.
Orbiting data centers. Fuck yeah!
Earth can return to what it is good at – green and growing things – while space can be filled with gray and computing things.
This is rather wonderful: a DevFort project for navigating interweaving strands of history, James Burke style.
An interview with George Dyson, whose next book—Turing’s Cathedral—sounds like it’ll be right up my alley.
An interactive timeline where we, the wise crowd, can add our predictions (although the timeline for the past, showing important technological breakthroughs, is bizarrely missing Cooke and Wheatsone’s telegraph).
While others recall Steve Jobs’s legacy with Apple, Tim Berners-Lee recounts the importance of NeXT.
Y’know, I think this comparison actually makes a lot of sense.
A New Theory of Awesomeness and Miracles, by James Bridle, concerning Charles Babbage, Heath Robinson, MENACE and MAGE
This is how I knew James Bridle would be amazing at dConstruct. His talk from Playful '09 is, well... aweome!
Charles Stross peers into his dilithium crystal ball and tells tales of the future as decided by Apple.
The bottom-up appeal of netbooks in all their cheap, crappy glory.
Instruction manual to operate and maintain Charles Babbage's 2nd Difference Engine built by Barrie Holloway and Reg Crick, June 1991 for the Science Museum, London SW7 2DD.
A text to punch card translator. Who wants to be the first to pipe Twitter messages through this?
I think this has to be my favourite contribution to Ada Lovelace day. Brilliant!
The entire text of this seminal work is online in HTML, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.
A patent filed by Google for offshore server farms cooled by sea water.
The Museum of Computing ("committed to the preservation and display of examples of early computers") needs a new home. Do you know of anywhere that might be a good fit?
George Dyson pays a visit to Google and describes it in the context of the history of computing.