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A Very Brief History of Computing, 1948-2015
12 January, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
The world’s first modern computer, in Manchester in 1948, was followed remarkably swiftly by the first business software, but by 1968 software was in crisis and NATO called a conference. The problems were diagnosed, solutions were proposed – and largely ignored. A second Software Crisis was announced in the early 1980’s and again the effective solutions were considered impractical and the practical solutions were largely ineffective. Meanwhile as Moore’s Law predicted, hardware costs continued to fall exponentially, making software systems ubiquitous and leading to a third software crisis, this time of cybersecurity.
A world-renowned expert in software engineering and cybersecurity, Martyn Thomas CBE is the very first IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College
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You do not need to register for this free public event. It will be run on a “first come, first served” basis, so please feel free to arrive a little early to ensure that you can get a seat. Doors will be opened half an hour before the start of the event.