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Dissecting Medicine in the Digital Age with UCSF’s Dr. Atul Butte

June 13, 2018 Computer History Museum

Today, sequencing our genetic code or doing a DNA test is affordable, fast, and can even connect people with long lost relatives (for example, Ancestry.com and 23andMe). Additionally, these genetic databases are producing real-world applications—including creating targeted drug therapies to treat certain cancers, narrowing down suspects in criminal investigations, and …

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Task Rabbits and Thunder Lizards: A Founder and Funder Story

When a founder’s vision sparks a funder’s interest, an idea can become an enterprise with the potential to reimagine the whole idea of community. That’s what happened when TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque and Floodgate venture capitalist Ann Miura-Ko joined forces. The two discussed their partnership growing one of the earliest …

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2018 CHM Fellow Awards

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the Computer History Museum (CHM), proudly inducted three extraordinary Fellows to its elite Hall of Fellows: Dov Frohman-Bentchkowsky, Dame Stephanie Shirley CH, and Guido van Rossum. The Museum’s Hahn Auditorium was filled with technology leaders, innovators, and visionaries from Silicon Valley and around the world, …

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The Eudora™ Email Client Source Code

April 23, 2018 Computer History Museum

Software Gems: The Computer History Museum Historical Source Code Series Electronic mail is one of “killer apps” of networked computing. The ability to quickly send and receive messages without having to be online at the same time created a new form of human communication. By now billions of people have …

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2018 CHM Fellow: Dame Stephanie Shirley

April 10, 2018 Computer History Museum

Just weeks before the start of the Second World War, two young Austrian Jewish girls were put on a train and sent to England for safety.  They were part of a much larger effort — known as the Kindertransport — which ultimately saved thousands of children from certain death in …

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13 Sextillion & Counting: The Long & Winding Road to the Most Frequently Manufactured Human Artifact in History

April 2, 2018 Computer History Museum

Scientists and engineers achieved the alchemist’s goal of turning low-value material, in this case sand (silicon), into gold with the invention of the MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) transistor. According to historian David C. Brock, their creation also produced the most frequently manufactured human artifact in history.1 MOS transistors are microscopic …