As head of research at IBM in the 70s and at Hewlett Packard in the 80s, Joel Birnbaum played a seminal role in helping to conceive and lay the technical groundwork for pervasive computing; computing seamlessly incorporated into everyday life.
One of the prime sites for pervasive computing is the city: its buildings, its transportation systems, its services, and, of course, its residents.
Birnbaum will screen excerpts from some scarcely seen scenario videos about what might be termed the interactive city, based on pervasive computing, and discuss the four stages technology must pass through before it can be considered pervasive.
Steve Dietz is Director of the inaugural, biennial ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, which will take place in San Jose August 7-13. One of the themes of the Festival is the “interactive city,” inspired to a great extent by Birnbaum¹s work. Dietz will discuss some of the 36 projects that will be presented on the streets of San Jose during the Festival.
Ben Hooker, a participating artist from London, will also present his project, DataNature, which was jointly commissioned by ZeroOne San Jose and the City of San Jose's Public Art program.
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