1401 N Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, California 94043

Odysseys in Technology 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's 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 JoseŇ°s Public Art program.

Member Reception 6 pm - 7 pm
Wine provided by The Mountain Winery
Lecture 7 pm - 9 pm

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

Raffle Drawing to win a $200 gift certificate toward an iD Tech Camp week for your summer camper. For more information on the Camp visit http://www.internalDrive.com

Official Website: http://www.computerhistory.org/city_05242006

Added by raines on March 8, 2006



Their description on the website is still pretty useless. Does anyone have any clue what two computer-industry people have to do with cities, future, or history?


I was wondering that myself. I wish they'd actually put up a blurb about this specific event (rather than the general series).


finally, blurb updated (see above). Their email said "Monday", but everything else including the URL says the 24th, so I think the date is correct. Yep, they issued a correction email Friday night, date is indeed Wed the 24th. Link fixed. I bailed on attending based on traffic conditions - would take hours to get there from Berkeley.