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Explaining Why Computing Is Important


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IBM fellow Grady Booch recently launched a transmedia project aimed at telling the story of how computing has changed humanity. The goal is to "teach the essential science of computing, present the stories of the people, events, and inventions of computing, examine the strong connections among computing, science, and society, [and] contemplate the future," Booch says.

The Computing: The Human Experience website says that exploring computing is the 21st century equivalent of Cousteau exploring the sea, of Hughes exploring modern art, and of Burns exploring the American experience through the Civil War, baseball, and jazz. The project will become a multi-part documentary series that will be broadcast via traditional media as well as Web streaming. It also will be available for iPad in an interactive format, as an e-book for the Kindle or smartphone, as a social network and website, as a series of educational games for kids and teens, and as a platform for getting more women and minorities interested in computing and information technology.

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