Learning In Brave New Worlds: The Promise of the PC Revolution

Learning In Brave New Worlds: The Promise of the PC Revolution

Speaker/Panel: We are the Mutants

In the late '70s and early '80s, the microcomputer ceased being an exclusive plaything of corporations and universities and entered the middle-class Western home. Advertisements promised not only that the personal computer would connect us in previously unimaginable ways, help mom and dad manage the household and play the stock market, and turn the kids into Einsteins, but also introduce incredible new forms of entertainment that would make television obsolete, as well as endow a new breed of users and programmers with something close to magical powers. Well, some of those claims actually came to pass, although not quite in the way that early computer pioneers like Commodore, Apple, Texas Instruments, and Atari imagined. On this panel, the editors of We Are The Mutants will examine the early positioning of the PC, focusing on how the new technology was portrayed in various films and media, as well as how those visions endure – and how they don’t – in the internet age.

Event Properties

Event Date Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:00 AM
Event End Date Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:15 PM
Individual Price Free
Location Off World (Rotunda)
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