Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Digital Future Series

CSPAN is televising the Library of Congress series, "The Digital Future." If you are not able to watch (either on television or via the web) while it is being presented, you can view the recordings. This is the way I've been viewing them. So far, the presenters have been:
  • David Weinberger, an expert on blogging.
  • Brewster Kahle, the founder of the Internet Archive. He talks about the possibility of being able to search everything.
  • Juan Pablo Paz, a quantum physicist. Most of this was over my head, but I understood the generalities of how quantum computing could change how we deal with information.
  • Brian Cantwell Smith, dean of the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto. He discusses the definition of "digital" and if all of our digital materials are really digital or something else.
  • David M. Levy, professor at the University of Washington. I haven't heard this one yet.
There are three more yet to come:
  • Lawrence Lessig, founder of Stanford Center for Internet and Society.
  • Edward L. Ayers, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.
  • Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT.
In addition to these illustrious people, our own Dr. Robert Martin (former Texas State Librarian and currently the head of the IMLS) provides comments after some of the main speakers. If you are looking for out-of-the-ordinary ideas, this series is for you!

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