Going Back the Memory Lane of Technology

As far as computers and the internet go, 1997 was a good year for the two. However, computers were balky and beige back then. All that scientists had was hope that some developments would succeed one day. This is the year that saw the return of Steve Jobs after some time out of the corporate world. In 1997, an IBM Blue computer was able to beat Garry Kasparov, the chess master through a check mate. This is the year that Sergey Brin and Larry Page registered a domain for a website they would refer to Google.com. As far as counting goes, this is also the year that the book called Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents was published. The book was written by Ellen Ullman. This is a book that would become the reference of digital culture. People relied on this book to understand the dot com boom. It compelled some women to join technology with the most notable one being Donna J. Haraway. The funny domain has now boomed becoming the most used search engine in the world. The engine is responsible for Google Maps where you can find direction for any corner in this globe.

But one question remains. What would Ullman make of what has happened since she left technology to write novels? Well, you can read her new book called Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology to discover what she has to say about the issue. By now, you must be panicking because of the jargon. As for Ullman, she has not only specialized in computer programing, but she also has a degree in English from the Ivy League Universities. This makes her the most suitable person to decode the technology jargons to what a normal person can understand. She says that her love for computers began after she finished school in 1979. She was studying at Cornel. When she saw a microcomputer on a window display in San Francisco, Ullman has never looked back. She coded for 20 years before retiring in the 1990s. In a recent interview with the New York Times, she mentions that the greatest role that she has ever been proud of is translating the code for normal people. Through the new book, she addresses several topics such as how the youth dominate technology and what changes we should expect in the next 20 years in technology. She also has some warning shots that we should expect in the future.

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