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 : Monday

Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Address

Ballroom C
Monday, 8:30, 1 hour 30 minutes
 


 
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Welcoming Remarks
Eugene Wallingford
The University of Northern Iowa
wallingf@cs.uni.edu

Keynote Address: The Computer Revolution Hasn't Happened Yet!
Alan Kay
Viewpoints Research Institute



There are many compelling reasons to believe that the real computer revolution—the one that mirrors the vast changes in thinking that came more than a century after the technology of the printing press—hasn't happened yet. If so, then we should be teaching and training young computer scientists very differently than is done now. Formal education tends to focus on the "last great thing, several generations removed" and to teach it as received truth. In a field that has the majority of its journey in its future, there is almost no real received truth, and the students need to be taught in ways that will allow them to be major participants in the very different future destiny of our field. We need them to move the field, not to occupy it. This talk will try to suggest rather different approaches to teaching the computer and systems sciences.