CACR Seminar

Monday March 5, 2012 2:00 PM

Toward a Minimal Cosmology of Software

Speaker: Theodor Holm Nelson , Designer-Generalist, The Internet Archive
Location: Powell-Booth 100 (Seminar Room)
he computer world is a tangle of traditions that are deeply entrenched: operating systems that force hierarchy on a nonhierarchical world; tables that force regularity on an irregular world; the PARC user interface ("GUI"), designed for secretaries in order to sell printers, which substitutes fonts for connection. Meanwhile, no databases are suitable for casual users who want to manage their evolving lives. We will discuss minimalist alternatives to the prevailing paradigm - not to overthrow it, obviously, but perhaps to create an island / control center of simplicity, elegance and personal usability.
Series CACR Seminar Series

Contact: Sarah Emery sarah@cacr.caltech.edu