14.0626 events: Stork on HAL; Crane on Deep Reading

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 626.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (55)
             Subject: David Stork on _The HAL 9000 Computer and the Vision
                     of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mountain View, on 6th of
                     Feb. 2001

       [2] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (52)
             Subject: Gregory Crane on _Deep Reading in a Digital Age_

             Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 07:59:01 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: David Stork on _The HAL 9000 Computer and the Vision
    of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mountain View, on 6th of Feb. 2001

    dear humanist scholars,

    ((a great opportunity to enjoy the events presented by David
    Stork-thought, might interest you-forwarded with courtesy to professor
    Terry Winograd. arun))

    Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 14:00:59 -0800
    From: Terry Winograd <winograd@CS.Stanford.EDU>

    The Computer Museum History Center is pleased to present:

    David G. Stork
    Chief Scientist
    Ricoh Silicon Valley's California Research Center,
    Consulting Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
    Stanford University

    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 6, 2001

    Moffett Training and Conference Center (Building 3)
    Moffett Federal Airfield
    Mountain View, CA
    7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Reception to follow at the History Center's
    Visible Storage Exhibit Area
    (Bldg 126)
    Moffett Federal Airfield


    2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke's 1968 epic
    film about space exploration and the evolution of intelligence, was the
    most carefully researched and scientifically precise feature film ever
    made. Now, in its namesake year, we can compare the film's computer science
    "visions" with current technological fact -- in particular those related to
    its central character, the HAL 9000 computer, which could speak, reason,
    see, play chess, plan and express emotions.

    In some domains reality has surpassed the vision in the film: computer
    chess, computer hardware, and graphics. In numerous others, reality has
    fallen far short: computer speech, language, vision, lip-reading, planning,
    and common sense. The film missed some trends entirely: the film showed no
    laptops or PDAs and HAL as large as a school bus but in reality computers
    instead got small. As such, the film provides a remarkable perspective on
    the sweep of developments in the modern era of computer technology.

    This non-technical talk is profusely illustrated with clips from 2001 and
    current research and sheds new light on key moments of the film. You will
    never see the film the same way again.


    David G. Stork is Chief Scientist at Ricoh Silicon Valley's California
    Research Center and Consulting Associate Professor of Electrical
    Engineering at Stanford University. His most recent books include HAL's
    Legacy: 2001's computer as dream and reality (MIT Press) and Pattern
    Classification (2nd ed.) by R. O. Duda, P. E. Hart and D. G. Stork (Wiley).
    He is the creator of "2001: HAL's Legacy," a forthcoming television
    documentary for PBS television.

    RSVP: By Friday, February 2, 2001.

    [material deleted]

    DIRECTIONS: http://mtcc.arc.nasa.gov/directions.html

    EVENT URL: http://www.computerhistory.org/events/lectures/stork_02062001/

             Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 08:00:23 +0000
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: Gregory Crane on _Deep Reading in a Digital Age_

    dear humanist members,

    ((hi, i thought, this might interest you.-arun))

    Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 13:04:25 -0800
    From: Phil Agre <pagre@alpha.oac.ucla.edu>

    Please forward this announcement to anyone who might be interested.

    The UCLA Information Studies Seminar presents

    Gregory Crane
    Tufts University


    Deep Reading in a Digital Age

    Web design handbooks assume that readers move rapidly from one page to
    another. Usability studies likewise generally take as their model the
    busy student or researcher who extracts the "message" from articles
    and books as quickly as possible. Literary reading, however, is
    very different. We teach our students to reread and to pose various
    questions about the documents that we assign. Texts from the
    traditional canon are presented to students as sources of ambiguity
    and of interpretive play. Even in cultural studies we stress the
    importance of historical context and emphasize the complexity of such
    genres as advertisements or dime novels. This talk will consider ways
    in which we can develop digital environments that encourage active
    learning where readers are able to contextualize cultural artifacts in
    new ways.

    Gregory Crane has published on a wide range of ancient Greek authors.
    His book "The Blinded Eye: Thucydides and the New Written Word"
    appeared in 1996; "The Ancient Simplicity: Thucydides and the
    Limits of Political Realism" was published in 1998. He is currently
    conducting preliminary research for a planned book on Cicero. He
    also has a long-standing interest in the relationship between the
    humanities and rapidly developing digital technology. Since 1985 he
    has been engaged in planning and development of the Perseus Project,
    which he directs as the Editor-in-Chief. He is currently directing
    a grant from the Digital Library Initiative to study general problems
    of digital libraries in the humanities. He is particularly interested
    in the extent to which broadcast media such as the World Wide Web
    not only enhance the work of professional researchers and students in
    formal degree programs but create new audiences outside academia for
    cultural materials. His current research focuses on "computational
    humanities" and how this new field can help to democratize information
    without compromising intellectual rigor.

    Thursday, March 1st, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    GSE&IS Building, Room 111
    (just west of the Research Library)

    Everyone is invited.

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    Questions or comments to Phil Agre <pagre@ucla.edu>.

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