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Black box or stepping stones?

Dave Snowden

We had got the critical point where maintenance fees matched fixed costs. He never understood how I made a profit and the idea I would invest that in a new development for which there was no RFI, no agreed client spec was alien. Developing application software is a complex dance in which need and delivery co-evolve, its not a linear process. There was a wonderful Video Arts film we used to show called Who sold you this then starring John Cleese which made the point well.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Dealing with the (Virtual) World in our Minds

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the last 25 years, ever more powerful computers have enabled us to simulate our designs, theories and stories, be it through the use of supercomputing visualization in science, computer-aided design (CAD) in engineering and architecture, or “What You See Is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) interfaces in PC applications like word processing. He showed very moving video clips from a recent Media Lab conference, h2.0:

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