Following up on 2009’s Too Soon to Tell, The Company We Keep is a second compilation of essays based on and growing out of "The Known World" column in Computer magazine. Like the original column, this collection explores the human side of how technology is developed, deployed, and used.
The book examines the development of digital technology by describing how this technology affects the communities that build, adapt, govern, and dispose of it.
We are pleased to welcome David back to the Museum. He will discuss how this book came to be and do some readings for us as well. Please plan to join us.
David will be signing copies of his book immediately following the program’s end.
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Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, Ca. is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history, and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, including computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images.
The Museum’s speaker series features innovators, legends, opinion leaders, engineers, and scientists exploring the past, present, and future of technology. The lively stories and personal insights, coupled with sharp questioning from a knowledgeable audience, illuminate hidden niches. Treasured myths and misinformation often take a beating. Ego clashes, boardroom strife, and bet-the-company adventures get as much play as technical details. All of it is captured on digital video and presented in full on the Museum’s YouTube channel.
The Museum also hosts regular events honoring milestone machines, breakthroughs, companies, and anniversaries. Some are single events. Others are series of lectures and celebrations. Many are accompanied by commemorative publications written and edited by the curatorial staff.
Museum Hours: Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun 10am- 5pm and Friday 10am-9pm