Stephen Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The disease would eventually paralyze him, and a bout of pneumonia in the mid-1980s made him unable to speak on his own. For such a public figure, this was a significant difficulty, one that led Hawking to a long-las
The worldwide impact of the personal computing revolution is no secret. Its breakthroughs are now clutched tightly in the palms of our hands and integrated throughout industries across the globe. Embedded in each of these devices is the spirit of an entire generation.
On February 24 and 25, the Computer History Museum (CHM) hosted Cisco Weekend—one of CHM’s many Partner Weekends that provides employees of corporations that support the Museum and their families and friends a day of fun and learning at CHM for free.
“We live in really extraordinary times. We’re witnessing an explosion in the diversity and the accessibility of these amazing computers that we carry in our pockets and have on our desks,” said Lisa Krieger of the San Jose Mercury News. The CHM Live event, “Our Brain’s Development in a Technological World,” held at the
In 1962, Evelyn Berezin designed a reservation system for United Airlines that served 60 cities throughout the United States with a one-second response time. It had no central system failures in 11 years of operation. One of the largest systems built at that time, few people had the skills to design it, but Berezin was
Focus. Determination. Strength. Drive. These are the essential qualities that a swimmer needs to stay in their lane. They’re also the skills that Dan’l Lewin has used to propel him through a prolific three-decade career in technology.
Silicon Valley: The Untold Story, a new three-part documentary from award-winning Kikim Media airing on Discovery’s Science Channel in March 2018, reveals what has made Silicon Valley a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship for decades. As the community and educational outreach partner for the film, the Computer Hi
This is the third post in an ongoing series about the making of the Computer History Museum’s Education Center.
Inside the Transformation, created by CHM Live Managing Producer Lauren Miyamoto, illustrates the impact and implications of computing through stories of transformative people, companies, or projects. Speakers in this series are visionaries using technology to solve problems in new ways, to redefine boundaries, and eve
It will ruin your eyes, turn your brain to mush, and kids will see things they shouldn’t. The content is all just designed to sell stuff. It will destroy relationships—people won’t interact with family and friends in person anymore. What innovation prompted these dire predictions? The television when it came on the sce