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Written by Michela Pilo   
Jun 01, 2006 at 12:02 PM

The Computer History Museum Speaker Series
Sponsored by Sun Labs


The History of the Future of the City
Joel Birnbaum and Steve Dietz with Ben Hooker

As head of research at IBM in the 70s and at Hewlett Packard in the 80s, Joel Birnbaum played a seminal role in helping to conceive and lay the technical groundwork for pervasive computing; computing seamlessly incorporated into everyday life.

One of the prime sites for pervasive computing is the city: its buildings, its transportation systems, its services, and, of course, its residents.

Birnbaum will screen excerpts from some scarcely seen scenario videos about what might be termed the interactive city, based on pervasive computing, and discuss the four stages technology must pass through before it can be considered pervasive.

Steve Dietz is Director of the inaugural, biennial ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, which will take place in San Jose August 7-13. One of the themes of the Festival is the “interactive city,” inspired to a great extent by Birnbaum©ˆs work. Dietz will discuss some of the 36 projects that will be presented on the streets of San Jose during the Festival.

Ben Hooker, a participating artist from London, will also present his project, DataNature, which was jointly commissioned by ZeroOne San Jose and the City of San Jose©ˆs Public Art program.


Computer History Museum
Hahn Auditorium
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043


Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Member Reception 6 pm - 7 pm
Wine provided by The Mountain Winery

Lecture 7 pm - 9 pm


Free. Suggested donation of $10.00 at the door from non-members.

To register or for more information on the event, please visit the Museum's
Web site at
or Call (650) 810-1005.


Drawing to win a $200 gift certificate toward an iD Tech Camps week for your summer camper. For more information on the Camps visit


Odysseys in Technology, the Computer History Museum Speaker Series Sponsored by Sun Labs, presents people and perspectives behind extraordinary achievements in the high technology-related world. Each event in the Series provides stimulating interaction with authentic experts whose achievements have transformed how things are done or viewed, and examines how their personal stories can enrich our present-day insight and inspiration.

Other Upcoming Events

MONDAY, June 5, 2006
TITLE: Wireless Sensors
SPEAKERS: D. K. Arvind, Roger Meike and Richard Newton
Sun Labs Open House Special Presentation
LOCATION: Computer History Museum
RSVP/More information

MONDAY, June 12, 2006
TITLE: An Evening with Robert Price: The Control Data Story
SPEAKERS: Control Data's retired CEO, Robert Price, in conversation with Mel Stuckey
Odysseys in Technology Speaker Series sponsored by Sun Labs
LOCATION: Computer History Museum
RSVP/More information

TUESDAY, October 17, 2006
2006 Computer History Museum Fellow Awards
6 pm Reception 7 pm Awards Dinner and Ceremony
Watch for upcoming Fellow Award Inductee Announcement

Community Events

June 25 - August 25, 2006
iD Tech Camps: Hands-On Tech Fun!

Weeklong, day and overnight, hands-on technology camps for ages 7-17 at 40 prestigious universities nationwide. This includes Stanford University, Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and St. Mary’s College of CA in Moraga. Students use industry-standard products to film & edit digital movies, create 2D & 3D video games, design websites with Flash animation, model 3D characters, learn programming & robotics, and more. With one computer per student and an average of six students per instructor, campers are given the attention they need to excel and take home a project at the end of the weeklong course. Visit or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324).

June 25 - July 14 and July 16 - August 4, 2006
iD Gaming Academy

Teens immerses in the dynamic world of video game development. Students create their own mini game portfolio with levels and interactivity in this intensive 3 week program at UC Berkeley. Using powerful industry-standard applications like Alias Maya, teens will learn the basics of 3D graphics production, including modeling, texturing and animating. Additionally, they’ll participate in late-night gaming tournaments, LAN parties and tour a game development studio. Visit or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324).

August 7 - 13, 2006
ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge
7 days of Art and Interconnectivity
Early bird discount tickets through June 15 only:

THURSDAY, October 12, 2006
Marconi Society Symposium
Co-hosted by the Computer History Museum
TIME: 8:45 am - 4:15 pm
TITLE: Unleashing the Potential of Communications
LOCATION: Computer History Museum
For More Information

THURSDAY, October 12, 2006
Marconi Society Award Dinner
2006 Marconi Prize Recipient John M. Cioffi
TIME: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
LOCATION: Menlo Circus Club, Atherton, California
For More Information

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