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FSN Seminar – June 8 at 1 pm on Zoom

“Peter MacKinnon here, FSN Chair.  I wish to advise that we have a new 2023 program for FSN with the first of five webinars scheduled as per the notice below.  I apologise for the hiatus as the three of us who maintain FSN were preoccupied with demanding work over the winter. 

The following three webinars, which include the notice on The Computer Revolution as noted below, will then be followed by a hard hitting presentation on Climate Change issues followed by a webinar in July on ChatGPT, Large Language Models and the issue of regulating AI.”

Date: June 8, 2023 from 1:00 to 3:30 ET via Zoom

TitleThe Computer Revolution

Presenter: Gord Deinstadt, Independent Researcher

This seminar will discuss the development of numbers, arithmetic, and computing aids in antiquity before moving on to the history of modern calculating tools and full-blown computers. 

I will then predict some near-term (within 5 years) developments in computer hardware. 

Finally, I will discuss the problem of ransomware and an approach to easing the problem with enhanced computer hardware. Note that this seminar does not discuss ChatGPT or any other aspect of AI, which will be covered in forthcoming webinars.

Gord Deinstadt met his first computer, a PDP-5 donated by DEC Canada, in 1966 upon entering Ottawa Technical High School. He went on to Algonquin College to study electronics, then worked in the computer industry for 30 years, first in hardware then in software.  He then bailed out from the Internet frenzy of the 90s to become an academic. As an academic he completed a BA in Classics and BA and MA in Philosophy while teaching Ancient Science and Technology (Course: TSE2305) at Carleton University. He retired in 2020.

Please register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Next Event details

Title: Why is it so hard to beat Anthropogenic Global Warming?

Date: June 27, 2023 commencing at 1:00 – 3:30 pm via Zoom with pre-registration required


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