Computer Science Colloquium

Media for Thinking the Unthinkable

Bret Victor,

April 16, 2013 11:30AM
Warren Weaver Hall, 1302
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012
(Directions)

Spring 2013 Colloquia Calendar

Host

Ken Perlin

Synopsis

To design a system is to manipulate the invisible. We write code to
manipulate data, but rarely see the data itself. We design circuits to
manipulate voltages, rarely seeing the voltages. We construct equations to
manipulate values, rarely seeing the values. And so on, through every form
of engineering.

This talk will demonstrate new interactive representations for systems
which make invisible concepts visible, and offer powerful means for
understanding and manipulating the system's behavior.

Bio

Bret Victor (BSEE Caltech, MSEE Berkeley) invents tools for understanding
and creating systems. He has designed experimental UI concepts at Apple,
interactive data graphics for Al Gore, and musical instruments at Alesis.
He's responsible for "Inventing on Principle", "Learnable Programming", and
everything else at worrydream.com.


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