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Documentary Films on Robert Noyce + Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

July 18th, 2015
  • Silicon Valley Rebels (youtube)

  • These two documentaries recount the history of Silicon Valley and the creation of the digital integrated circuits without which modern digital technology would not exist. They focus on pioneer Fairchild Semiconductor founded by Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and others and their second move to start Intel (founded on this day July 18, 1968), creator of the microprocessor. Forming the backbone of a new industry, the later work of Apple and others would not have been possible. Yet these pioneers and their companies do not get the attention given to those applying their technologies. Early on, Gordon Moore saw that advances in digital integrated circuitry was so rapid that the capacity of the devices doubled every 18 months. This became known as “Moore’s Law” and still holds today. Your tiny phone with built in camera, GPS, WIFI, etc. is the result of these continuous advancements now in their fifth decade.

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    Steve Jobs and Robert Noyce

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  • Alan Turing – Thinking Machine by Henrik Olesen

    June 7th, 2015
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    What interests me about the TURING biography is not only the way it illustrates the boundaries and histories of the 20th century, but that it also seems almost like a gendered prophecy. In a horrifying way, TURING ’s body was injured by the violence of modern ideology, he lost his own body, in a way, but he also made a new one. In 1936, he published a theoretical model of a machine that was to constitute the basis of all post-war computing, making him the father of all modern computer science. And this part of his biography is a futuristic tale about thinking machines, artificial intelligence and the appearance of possible future bodies. And to me, this is a long-needed escape from biological, heterosexual reproduction. – HENRIK OLESEN for Mousse Magazine

    Alan Turing Art project by Henrik Olesen

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  • Alan Turing 1954 (7 June): Death (suicide) by cyanide poisoning, Wilmslow, Cheshire.

    Can machine think?

  • How Alan Turing solved the enigma of Solitaire in letter to girl, 8

    Nico Muhuly takes on Alan Turing

    See the codebreaker.. (not starring Benedict Cumberbatch).

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    Google Honors Dorothy Hodgkin – (12 May 1910 – 29 July 1994)

    May 12th, 2014
  • Dorothy Hodgkin

    (12 May 1910 – 29 July 1994), known professionally as Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin or simply Dorothy Hodgkin, was a British biochemist, credited with the development of protein crystallography. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964


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  • Google Honors Rosalind Franklin, Letter to Snowden by Rebecca Sonlit

    July 25th, 2013

    Books: She Was Robbed; … but Rosalind Franklin Bore No Grudges and Moved on. Gail Vines Salutes a Heroine of

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  • Prometheus Among the Cannibals ~
    A Letter to Edward Snowden
    By Rebecca Solnit

    I fear for you; I think of you with a heavy heart. I imagine hiding you like Anne Frank. I imagine Hollywood movie magic in which a young lookalike would swap places with you and let you flee to safety — if there is any safety in this world of extreme rendition and extrajudicial execution by the government that you and I were born under and that you, until recently, served.

  • Emmett Louis Till July 25 birthday

  • Ada Lovelace Day 2010

    March 24th, 2010

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    What is Ada Lovelace day? Who was she?

    Furtherfield Ada Lovelace Project.

    Finding Ada -(Bringing women in technology to the fore)

    OpenSecrets org.

    Ada Lovelace Inspires Work that Makes Government More Transparent

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    Lego Ada (via)

    Update: Ada Lovelace voted the most popular technology heroine