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From Artificial Intelligence to open-source culture, computer science is transforming how we live, work and play and levelling the playing field when it comes to equality of opportunity. But how did all this come about?

Join Professor Sue Black and her tech pioneer guests as they take us on a rollicking tour of the 100 moments that rocked both computer science - and the world around us. From the creation of the first search engine to the technology that sparked the work from home revolution, hear the true stories behind the inventions, advances and collaborations that made it all possible.

Featuring industry legends including Dame Stephanie Shirley, Alan Emtage, Jacky Wright, Dermot Turing, Anne-Marie Imafidon and Jimmy Wales, plus insights from Professor Gordon Love and Durham students Kaal Sahele and Quentin O'Brien.

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“If anyone can convince the world about Computer Science it’s Sue.”
Martha Lane-Fox

“I absolutely love it! So many reasons to listen in and I can’t wait to hear more. Proper edutainment – both inspired and inspiring.”
Jacqueline de Rojas

100 Moments That Rocked Computer Science Durham University

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From Artificial Intelligence to open-source culture, computer science is transforming how we live, work and play and levelling the playing field when it comes to equality of opportunity. But how did all this come about?

Join Professor Sue Black and her tech pioneer guests as they take us on a rollicking tour of the 100 moments that rocked both computer science - and the world around us. From the creation of the first search engine to the technology that sparked the work from home revolution, hear the true stories behind the inventions, advances and collaborations that made it all possible.

Featuring industry legends including Dame Stephanie Shirley, Alan Emtage, Jacky Wright, Dermot Turing, Anne-Marie Imafidon and Jimmy Wales, plus insights from Professor Gordon Love and Durham students Kaal Sahele and Quentin O'Brien.

If you love the show please do three nice things for us - subscribe, leave a rating or review and tell a friend!

“If anyone can convince the world about Computer Science it’s Sue.”
Martha Lane-Fox

“I absolutely love it! So many reasons to listen in and I can’t wait to hear more. Proper edutainment – both inspired and inspiring.”
Jacqueline de Rojas

    Moment #12: Jimmy Wales on The First Wiki

    Moment #12: Jimmy Wales on The First Wiki

    It’s our last episode, and what a way to end another incredible series! This week we are joined by wiki royalty, Jimmy Wales – founder of the Wikipedia project. Join Sue and Jimmy in this wonderful series finale as they discuss how the open-source revolution inspired the creation of the world’s best known online knowledge platform. Jimmy also shares his views on how to ensure diversity, a healthy online community and AI.

    Quentin shares his thoughts on where we would be as a society if we didn’t have Wikipedia –would information be capped rather than accessible to all? Kaal focuses on how we create a more level playing field with women contributing and impacting on the world of online knowledge.

    You can email your suggestions for moments for Sue, Kaal and Quentin to look at using 100moments@durham.ac.uk

    For those interested in studying Computer Science at Durham University, visit our website to find out more: https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/computer-science/

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    100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science is a Why did the Chicken? production for Durham University.

    • 34 min
    Moment #11 Priya Lakhani OBE on the rise of platform disruption

    Moment #11 Priya Lakhani OBE on the rise of platform disruption

    This week, the team are joined by Priya Lakhani OBE, and you won’t fail to be won over by Priya’s energy and passion as she joins Sue and the team! From early disruptors such as Amazon, to modern day giants like Uber, Priya shares her thoughts and insights into the nimbleness of new entrants into their markets and the ongoing impact they are having on the way we all live our lives. Plus, the huge impact AI has had on education with her latest venture.

    Quentin talks through the advances of disruptors, how they make our lives easier but also the ethical issues associated with many operating models, while Kaal take a look at how the continued rise could see benefits for some of our largest organisations including health and the NHS!

    You can email your suggestions for moments for Sue, Kaal and Quentin to look at using 100moments@durham.ac.uk

    For those interested in studying Computer Science at Durham University, visit our website to find out more: https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/computer-science/

    If you enjoyed this episode, please do three lovely things for us - like, subscribe and tell a friend!

    100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science is a Why did the Chicken? production for Durham University.

    • 37 min
    Moment #10: Lopa Patel MBE on the advent of the laptop

    Moment #10: Lopa Patel MBE on the advent of the laptop

    Who better to join us for this moment than digital entrepreneur and Chair of equality and inclusion charity, Diversity UK, Lopa Patel MBE.

    Join Lopa and Sue as they take a look at this key innovation and huge shift in technology, enabling access to remote working and information for millions of people across the globe. These two top tech experts also look at AI and how it can work brilliantly with the support of a more diverse pool of developers.

    Quentin talks us through his thoughts – what would life be like without the accessibility the laptop has brought, and how would we have managed through a pandemic – what would the risks have been? And Kaal takes a deeper look at the virtual presence this tech has enabled with different methods of connecting, and the opportunities for the creation of a more global workforce.

    You can email your suggestions for moments for Sue, Kaal and Quentin to look at using 100moments@durham.ac.uk

    For those interested in studying Computer Science at Durham University, visit our website to find out more: https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/computer-science/

    If you enjoyed this episode, please do three lovely things for us - like, subscribe and tell a friend!

    100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science is a Why did the Chicken? production for Durham University.

    • 26 min
    Moment #9: Jacky Wright on the mobile data explosion

    Moment #9: Jacky Wright on the mobile data explosion

    This week, Sue is joined by Microsoft CDO and Corporate Vice President and the UK’s most influential Black person for 2021, Jacky Wright. Together they delve into this forth industrial revolution and take a look at the part mobile data and technology has to play in supporting diversity and inclusion.

    Meanwhile, our newest members of the team, Kaal and Quentin, talk about life before mobile data and how it can be a power for good in the future.

    You can email your suggestions for moments for Sue, Kaal and Quentin to look at using 100moments@durham.ac.uk
    For those interested in studying Computer Science at Durham University, visit our website to find out more: https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/computer-science/

    If you enjoyed this episode, please do three lovely things for us - like, subscribe and tell a friend!
    100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science is a Why did the Chicken? production for Durham University.

    • 25 min
    Moment #8: Dame Stephanie Shirley on ERNIE: the first lottery computer

    Moment #8: Dame Stephanie Shirley on ERNIE: the first lottery computer

    We’re back for moment 8! This week Sue is joined by philanthropist, champion of women and one of the most legendary women in tech, ever – Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley. Listen in as Sue finds out more about Steve’s fascinating work on ERNIE and her incredible story, overcoming stereotypes and many barriers to create a women-centred business on her dining room table that became an organisation worth $3bn.

    Quentin looks at how these special purpose computers have impacted our lives in so many ways including cyber security, while Kaal explains why these numbers aren’t truly random and what we can expect in the future as innovation continues.

    You can email your suggestions for moments for Sue, Kaal and Quentin to look at using 100moments@durham.ac.uk
    For those interested in studying Computer Science at Durham University, visit our website to find out more: https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/computer-science/

    If you enjoyed this episode please do three lovely things for us - like, subscribe and tell a friend!

    100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science is a Why did the Chicken? production for Durham University.

    • 28 min
    Moment #7: Tom Ilube CBE on the birth of quantum computing

    Moment #7: Tom Ilube CBE on the birth of quantum computing

    Welcome back to series 2! Kicking off this series, Sue is joined by none-other than Tom Ilube CBE. British entrepreneur, philanthropist, and first Black chair of a major sport in England as chair of the Rugby Football Union.

    In this episode, Sue and Tom take a look at the fascinating world of quantum computing and the difference between this and our classical machines – from thousands of years to seconds!

    Kaal shares her passion for all things quantum computing and her ideas for the future, while Quentin discusses alternative ways we might have innovated to get to where we are with this transformative tech.

    You can email your suggestions for moments for Sue, Kaal and Quentin to look at using 100moments@durham.ac.uk

    For those interested in studying Computer Science at Durham University, visit our website to find out more: https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/computer-science/

    If you enjoyed this episode, please do three lovely things for us - like, subscribe and tell a friend!

    100 Moments that Rocked Computer Science is a Why did the Chicken? production for Durham University.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Kel-nage ,

Byte-size CS history - love it!

Computer Science isn’t an old field - so some might wonder why such a podcast was necessary - but Sue and her team do a fantastic job of highlighting so many things that we (or at least I) have quickly forgotten through inspiring interviews and fun anecdotes!

KayakAlison ,

Interesting for students and professionals alike

A fun podcast full of interesting background detail that drives modern day computer science. My partner and I listen together in the car and both appreciate it. Looking forward to more!

bedfoj ,

Would highly recommend

Really enjoyed listening to these informative but really interesting as well.

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