Slides

Computers and Hacking: A 50-Year View
September 2019

[Slides for a 20-minute keynote talk for the MIT HackMIT hackathon weekend, Saturday, September 14, 2019.] Fifty years ago, computers were expensive, institutional rather than personal, and hard to get access to. Today computers are relatively inexpensive, personal well as institutional, and ubiquitous. Some of the best hacking—and engineering—today involves creative use of relatively limited (and therefore cost-effective) computer resources.

Authors: Guy Steele

Venue: MIT HackMIT conference (MIT Kresge Theater), Saturday, September 14

Content:

Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together