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Get a curated tour of CHM’s extensive media holdings. Hear early lectures and talks given by computing pioneers like Konrad Zuse and Harry Huskey and interviews with some of technology's most influential and creative people like Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull and Cisco cofounder Sandra Lerner. Discover something new From the Archives.

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Get a curated tour of CHM’s extensive media holdings. Hear early lectures and talks given by computing pioneers like Konrad Zuse and Harry Huskey and interviews with some of technology's most influential and creative people like Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull and Cisco cofounder Sandra Lerner. Discover something new From the Archives.

    Arnold Spielberg: Point-of-Sales and Real-time Computing

    Arnold Spielberg: Point-of-Sales and Real-time Computing

    Arnold Spielberg is renowned for his work on machines like the RCA BIZMAC and the GE-225 for General Electric. In one of the Museum's earliest oral histories, Gardner Hendrie interviews Spielberg about his work in real-time and point-of-sales systems. Image: © General ElectricCatalog Record: Oral History of Arnold Spielberg

    • 28 min
    Ivan Sutherland: “Virtual Reality before It Had that Name”

    Ivan Sutherland: “Virtual Reality before It Had that Name”

    Ivan Sutherland is often referred to as the “Father of Computer Graphics.” His work at Harvard, MIT, the University of Utah, and DARPA aided the development of networking, graphics, virtual reality, and robotics technologies. In this 1996 lecture “Virtual Reality before It Had that Name,” Sutherland describes his time at Harvard and the initial steps toward early virtual reality systems.

    • 25 min
    Danny Hillis: Connection Machines

    Danny Hillis: Connection Machines

    Danny Hillis, inventor and cofounder of Thinking Machines Corporation, designed the Connection Machine series of supercomputers. In this 1991 lecture, Hillis describes the development path for the Connection Machines and the design considerations for the Connection Machine 5 supercomputer. What’s that sound? The sounds of Hillis writing on a chalkboard as he shares his design concepts are captured as part of this recording. Image: Courtesy of Tamiko Thiel

    • 19 min
    Grace Morton: Computers and Poetry

    Grace Morton: Computers and Poetry

    Computer programmer and Grolier Award–winning poet Grace Morton presents a talk and demo on computer poetry as a part of the Bits + Bites lectures at the Boston Computer Museum in 1983. Morton uses a TRS-80 computer to create poetry, both generative and interactive forms, with participation from the audience.

    • 19 min
    Seymour Cray: “What's All This about Gallium Arsenide?” (Part 2)

    Seymour Cray: “What's All This about Gallium Arsenide?” (Part 2)

    Seymour Cray is often referred to as the “Father of Supercomputing.” In part two of his 1988 lecture “What's All This about Gallium Arsenide?,” Cray continues his talk on the use of gallium arsenide in his Cray-3 and Cray-4 supercomputer designs and how the compound could change the course of computer design. Image: © Cray Computer Corporation. Collection of the Computer History Museum,102618665.

    • 25 min
    Grace Hopper: Howard Aiken, the Harvard Mark I and the First Bug

    Grace Hopper: Howard Aiken, the Harvard Mark I and the First Bug

    Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper's career in computer science began in the 1940s. Her work with early computers, including the Harvard Mark I, led to ground-breaking and fundamental advances in computer science. Here, Hopper discusses her work with Howard Aiken and the Mark-I computer in a 1983 lecture at the Boston Computer Museum. Image: Photo by Carolyn Sweeny. Collection of the Computer History Museum, 102630706.

    • 19 min

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