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Teach US Kids to Program

Jul 25, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

In his article “Teach US Kids to Write Computer Programs”, Douglas Rushkoff notes the following lay-man’s analogy regarding our relationship with computers today: Programming a computer is not like being a mechanic. It is the difference between being a driver and a passenger. As a passenger, you rely on your driver
to take you where you want to go and even tell you that a certain place exists.
Today, most consumers are passengers, but it wasn’t always this way. The Apple II provided BASIC in ROM (no compiler needed), many hardware features were well documented, and the programmability of a computer was just as highly regarded as the breadth of software available. This presentation will examine how
we got to where we are today and lessons we can take away from the Apple II that might re-enable us to take the driver’s seat once again.


Jul 25, 2013
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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Corcoran Hall


Matt Hellinger