Upcoming Events

Mar 15, 2018 11:30 AM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Technically Speaking
Minitel: The Web before the Web
Authors Kevin Driscoll & Julien Mailland in Conversation with Internet History Program Curatorial Director Marc Weber
A decade before the web began taking the rest of us online, France was fully connected. By 1984 six million citizens were reading newspapers, sending emails, buying train tickets, paying taxes and engaging in scandalous chat on the Minitel system. That usage grew to over half of the country's population of 60 million by the early 1990s, most tapping away on home terminals offered for free by the French phone company. At its peak there were over 25,000 sites to choose from, and the system wasn’t fully shut down until 2012. How did this first mass online world emerge, and shape the Internet we use today?
A decade before the web began taking the rest of us online, France was fully connected. By 1984 six million citizens were reading newspapers, sending emails, buying train tickets, paying taxes and engaging in scandalous chat on the Minitel system. That usage grew to over half of the country's population of 60 million by the early 1990s, most tapping away on home terminals offered for free by the French phone company. At its peak there were over 25,000 sites to choose from, and the system wasn’t fully shut down until 2012. How did this first mass online world emerge, and shape the internet we use today? Why did Minitel and its parent Videotex standard fail beyond France—and what lessons does that history hold for today’s online pioneers?

Join Marc Weber, curatorial director of the Museum’s Internet History Program, as he explores these questions with Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll. Mailland and Driscoll are the authors of Minitel: Welcome to the Internet, published by MIT Press in June 2017.


This event is produced by CHM’s Internet History Program. This event will be streamed live on our Facebook page: facebook.com/computerhistory.
May 11, 2018 6:30 PM Speaker Series
Friday Nights @CHM
California Typewriter
Film Screening and Q&A with Director Doug Nichol and Sculptor Jeremy Mayer
California Typewriter is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. Join us for this special screening followed by a Q&A with Doug Nichol, the film’s director and Jeremy Mayer, a sculptor who uses typewriter parts to create life-sized human figures.
California Typewriter is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age's emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who's serving whom, human or machine?

Join us for this special screening followed by a Q&A with Doug Nichol, the film’s director and Jeremy Mayer, a sculptor who uses typewriter parts to create life-sized human figures.


Join us for Friday Nights @CHM before the program! Enjoy food and drinks from our Cloud Bistro. Museum exhibits are open from 5 to 9 p.m.
Watch film trailer here.
May 23, 2018 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
Medicine in the Digital Age
A Conversation with Atul Butte, Director of the UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences
Biotechnology expert Atul Butte joins us to discuss how the application of genomics, AI, big data, and other technologies could transform healthcare.
Biotechnology expert Atul Butte joins us to discuss how the application of genomics, AI, big data, and other technologies could transform healthcare. Save the date! More event details to come. Please check back soon.
Jul 11, 2018 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
The New Electricity
Deeplearning.ai Founder Andrew Ng in Conversation with Museum Historian John Markoff
Andrew Ng, the former head of Baidu’s AI Lab and the Google Brain project, joins us to discuss the potential economic and social impacts of artificial intelligence, the research and entrepreneurship opportunities AI is creating, and the technologies driving rapid growth in this field.
Andrew Ng, the former head of Baidu’s AI Lab and the Google Brain project, joins us to discuss the potential economic and social impacts of artificial intelligence, the research and entrepreneurship opportunities AI is creating, and the technologies driving rapid growth in this field. Save the date! More event details to come. Please check back soon.
Jul 25, 2018 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
Quantum Questions
Microsoft Research’s Krysta Svore, Google Quantum AI Lab’s John Martinis & IBM Research’s Jerry Chow
Quantum computing leaders from Microsoft, Google, and IBM join Center for Software History Director David C. Brock to discuss the history and growth of the quantum computing field as well as their current work and predictions for the future.
Microsoft Principal Researcher & Research Manager Krysta Svore, Google Quantum AI Lab Member John Martinis, and Manager of Experimental Quantum Computing at IBM Research Jerry Chow join Center for Software History Director David Brock to discuss the history and growth of the quantum computing field as well as their current work and predictions for the future. Save the date! More event details to come. Please check back soon.
Aug 8, 2018 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
Algorithms of Oppression
Author Safiya Noble in Conversation with Center for Software History Director David C. Brock
Author Safiya Noble sits down with the Museum’s Center for Software History Director David C. Brock to discuss her book on how negative biases are embedded in the world’s largest search engines.
Author Safiya Noble sits down with the Museum’s Center for Software History Director David C. Brock to discuss her book on how negative biases are embedded in the world’s largest search engines. Save the date! More event details to come. Please check back soon.
Oct 23, 2018 6:00 PM Speaker Series
CHM Live | Inside the Transformation
The Front Page of the Internet
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman in Conversation with Fortune Senior Writer Michal Lev-Ram
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman shares the site’s origin story, discusses the technology powering the platform, and describes the company’s approach to privacy, free speech, and much more.
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman shares the site’s origin story, discusses the technology powering the platform, and describes the company’s approach to privacy, free speech, and much more. Save the date! More event details to come. Please check back soon.