Italics: Optional lectures
Some lectures in the evening will
take place after dinner. These are not mandatory and are to be considered
as an agreeable extra to the official programme.
September: The future of computing, J. Shiers, CERN
"The future (of computing) is already here. It is just not very concentrated yet".
Based on a mis-quote from William Gibson(*), the inventor of the term
"cyberspace", this talk makes some bold forecasts concerning the future of
computing. Given that the history of computing is littered with predictions that
with hindsight look at best amusing, this is clearly either a daring or
foolhardy thing to do. Nevertheless, in preparing for LHC computing - which
arguably started over 10 years ago - we are required to look many years into the
future. After setting the scene by revisiting some of the past's most famous
blunders, we will briefly review how we arrived where we are now, before
beginning wild and wonderful speculation about the future. Some of it may even
come true. Sorry - be true.
* "The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet."
Author: William Gibson