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» Intertwingled: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson

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EVERYTHING IS DEEPLY INTERTWINGLED. In an important sense there are no "subjects" at all; there is only all knowledge, since the cross-connections among the myriad topics of this world simply cannot be divided up neatly.

Theodor Holm Nelson wrote those words 40 years ago in his book, Computer Lib. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the publication of Computer Lib, Chapman University is hosting a conference, "INTERTWINGLED: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson,” on April 24, 2014. 

The conference “INTERTWINGLED: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson” will examine and honor the work and influence of this computer visionary and re-imagine its meaning for the future.

The conference will take place in the Chapman University Boardroom, Argyros Forum 2nd floor, from 9:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Dr. Ted Nelson will provide the conference's concluding remarks beginning at 5:15 p.m. A conference blog has been created for people to share reminiscences and stories about Ted and his work. Please feel encouraged to add your own!

Inquiries can be made to Doug Dechow at dechow@chapman.edu or phone  (714) 532-7781.

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Conference Schedule

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9:30 – 11:10 Morning session #1:
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  • Jaron Lanier, “First thought, best thought”: 9:30 a.m.
  • Wendy Hall, Making Links: 9:55 a.m.
  • Christine Borgman, “Data, Metadata, and Ted”: 10:20 a.m.
  • Frode Hegland, “Limitless”: 10:45 a.m.

11:10 - 11:30 Break

11:30-12:45  Morning Session #2:
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  • Kazuhiko Nishi, TBA: 11:30 a.m.
  • Daniel Rosenberg, “History Debugged”: 11:55 a.m.
  • Noah Wardrip-Fruin, “We Can and Must Understand Computers NOW”: 12:20 p.m. 

12:45 - 1:45 Lunch Break 

1:45 – 3:25 Afternoon session #1:
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  • Brewster Kahle, “Hanging Out With Ted” (via Skype): 1:45 p.m.
  • Ken Knowlton, “Ted Nelson's Xanadu in four-letter words” (via Skype): 2:10 p.m.
  • Andrew Pam, “Intertwingled Inspiration” (via Skype): 2:35 p.m.
  • Dick Heiser, “An Advanced Book for Beginners”: 3 p.m.

3:15 - 3:45 Break

3:45 - 5 p.m. Afternoon Session #2:
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  • Rob Akscyn, “The Future of Transclusion”: 3:45 p.m.
  • Belinda Barnet, “What we might yet be: the importance of Ted’s vision”: 4:10 p.m.
  • Alan Kay, The Two-eyed Man: 4:35 p.m. 

5 - 5:15 Break 

5:15 - 6 Ted Nelson Talk
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Belinda Barnet                

Lecturer in Media at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne;
Author of Memory Machines: the Evolution of Hypertext.

Christine Borgman                          

Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA; Author of Scholarship in the Digital Age.

Dame Wendy Hall

Professor of Computer Science and Dean of the Faculty of Physical Science and Engineering at the
University of Southampton, UK; Former President of the Association for Computing Machinery;
Multimedia and Hypermedia researcher.

Alan Kay

Turing Award winner "for pioneering many of the ideas at the root of contemporary object-oriented
programming languages,  leading the team that developed Smalltalk, and for fundamental contributions
to personal computing”; Co-founder of Viewpoints Research Institute.

Ken Knowlton

Creator of BEFLIX and EXPLOR programming languages; Computer graphics pioneer at Bell Labs.

Jaron Lanier

Author of You Are Not a Gadget; Virtual reality pioneer.

Mirco Mannucci

Author of Quantum Computing for Computer Scientists (with Noson S. Yanofsky); Founder of Holomathics.

Kazuhiko Nishi

Founder of ASCII publishing company; Software and publishing entrepreneur.

Daniel Rosenberg

Professor of History at the University of Oregon; Author of Cartographies of Time (with Anthony Grafton).

Noah Wardrip-Fruin

Associate Professor of Computer Science at UCSC; Author of The New Media Reader.

About Ted Nelson

As early as 1960, Ted Nelson began to envision a world in which all of our media—documents, films, etc.—would be connected and interacting with one another on a vast system of computers. Nelson coined the term Intertwingled to express ... 

Read Ted Nelson's full bio

Headshot of Ted Nelson using ASCII art.
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