Daily Archives: 09/19/2003

SPACEWAR

Found a fascinating article originally published in Rolling Stone back in 1972 about Spacewar and academic computing in general, written by Stewart Brand, of Whole Earth Catalog, the WELL, and more recently the Long Now Foundation.

What struck me in the article was the foresight Brand possessed about where computers and networks were heading. Take this sentence for example: “Since huge quantities of information can be computer-digitalized and transmitted, music researchers could, for example, swap records over the Net with “essentially perfect fidelity.” So much for record stores (in present form).” He wrote that in 1972. No wonder he is fascinated by building a 10,000 year clock; the guy can sense the shape of things to come.

Thanks to McGee’s Musings for the link.