Computer History Museum

Computer History Museum CHM decodes technology for everyone. CHM shares insights gleaned from its research, events, and its incomparable collection of computing artifacts and oral histories to convene, inform, and inspire people to build a better world.
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Spend the afternoon at the Computer History Museum's new state of the art large-scale exhibition. Learn about 2000 years of computing, from ancient times to today's Internet. You will enjoy 1,000+ unique artifacts, hundreds of videos, docent-led tours and vintage technology demonstrations. The museum also has a new café, gift store and plenty of parking. The Museum is the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. It us home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, including computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs and moving images. The Museum brings computer history to life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, on-site tours, and physical exhibitions.

We struck gold with our #BestBling, a shiny gold Pippin game system! Designed by Apple for the Japanese toy company Band...
05/29/2020

We struck gold with our #BestBling, a shiny gold Pippin game system! Designed by Apple for the Japanese toy company Bandai, it was marketed as a low-cost computer that could also be a gaming system, but its $599 price seemed too high compared to other gaming consoles. It was not a success... #CuratorBattle #CHMFromHome

Walk a day in Ask Jeeves' shoes with this #FabulousFootwear! Whimsical branding has always been a hallmark of web commer...
05/22/2020

Walk a day in Ask Jeeves' shoes with this #FabulousFootwear! Whimsical branding has always been a hallmark of web commerce, and failed search engine Ask Jeeves' butler mascot embodied this during the Dot Com Boom and Bust. #CuratorBattle #CHMFromHome

05/21/2020
CHM Live | Girl Decoded: Rana el Kaliouby in Conversation with NPR Contributor Aarti Shahani

Did you miss the Girl Decoded virtual event featuring Cofounder and CEO of Affectiva Rana el Kaliouby in conversation with NPR Contributor Aarti Shahani? Watch it now and hear Rana share her story and her vision for the future of emotion-aware computing. #CHMLive

[Recorded May 18, 2020] Cofounder and CEO of Affectiva Rana el Kaliouby sits with NPR Contributor Aarti Shahani to share her story and her vision for the fut...

For our #MostMagical object, we wave our wands to Merlin: The Electronic Wizard (1978). One of the earliest and most pop...
05/15/2020

For our #MostMagical object, we wave our wands to Merlin: The Electronic Wizard (1978). One of the earliest and most popular handheld games of the time, it played Tic-Tac-Toe, Music Machine, Echo, Blackjack, Magic Square, and Mindbender! #CuratorBattle #CHMFromHome

A bird of another feather, our #CuratorBattle #BestBird is an owl made of computer components! One of the “Honeywell Ani...
05/12/2020

A bird of another feather, our #CuratorBattle #BestBird is an owl made of computer components! One of the “Honeywell Animals," there were over 100 animal sculptures commissioned by Honeywell as part of an advertising campaign from 1964 to 1978. #CHMFromHome

For anyone playing #AnimalCrossing right now, rep our merch virtually by downloading one of these designs! Usable in bot...
05/11/2020

For anyone playing #AnimalCrossing right now, rep our merch virtually by downloading one of these designs! Usable in both New Leaf or New Horizons. Send us your look under #CHMFromHome! #ACNH #ACNL

Do you miss watching sports during #SIP? Satisfy your gameplay appetite with our #CHMLive #recap of “Playing by New Rule...
05/10/2020
Playing by New Rules: How Sports Tech is Changing the Game

Do you miss watching sports during #SIP? Satisfy your gameplay appetite with our #CHMLive #recap of “Playing by New Rules.” Hear from sports execs and innovators from @warriors, Silicon Valley Sports Ventures, the @49ers, and @Stanford on how tech, from #AI to data analytics to #esports, is changing the game. https://bit.ly/2xGb68a

Experts from across the professional sports world offer rare insights into the technology innovations transforming their fields.

Geeks love their swag, so our #CuratorBattle #BestHat was a bit tough to decide! We settled on the infamous Noogler prop...
05/09/2020

Geeks love their swag, so our #CuratorBattle #BestHat was a bit tough to decide! We settled on the infamous Noogler propeller hat, bestowed upon every new Google employee that has ever worked there. New Googlers ➡️ Nooglers! #CHMFromHome

This word cloud, created from thirty #VentureCapitalist oral histories at CHM, reveals opposite approaches to the founde...
05/08/2020

This word cloud, created from thirty #VentureCapitalist oral histories at CHM, reveals opposite approaches to the founder-funder dynamic. Learn how relationships and networks play a key role in Silicon Valley in our new Digital History. https://bit.ly/3eZUwRE

We spotted our Internet History Program Curatorial Director, Marc Weber, in Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains & The Future...
05/07/2020

We spotted our Internet History Program Curatorial Director, Marc Weber, in Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains & The Future of The Internet discussing the predecessors of crypto. Various computer networks, like SAGE, inspired the concept of TCPIP. #CryptopiaFilm

05/07/2020
Launchtrailer #CryptopiaFilm

Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains & The Future of The Internet is a new documentary about cryptocurrency and blockchain, and we were excited to take part! Our Internet History Program Curatorial Director, Marc Weber, was interviewed right here at the museum. See if you can spot us in the trailer! https://youtu.be/M6GgU08rxyg

After our global cinema tour has been locked out we're now launching the pay-per-view of our feature documentary at www.CryptopiaFilm.com Follow us @Cryptopi...

05/06/2020
CHM Live | Reprogramming The American Dream with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott

How do we work to ensure that the continued development of AI allows us to keep the American Dream alive? Watch Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott in conversation with The New York Times' John Markoff and hear his insights and hopes that leaders learn to appreciate the needs of those not living in prosperous urban areas, as well as support initiatives such as rural broadband and digital skills for the workforce of the future. https://bit.ly/2yz9k9q

There are two prevailing stories about AI: for rural and heartland workers with 20th century skills, a dystopian tale of steadily increasing job destruction;...

In this case, learning multiplication IS monkey business! Consul the Educated Monkey (circa 1916) is our #CuratorBattle ...
05/06/2020

In this case, learning multiplication IS monkey business! Consul the Educated Monkey (circa 1916) is our #CuratorBattle entry for #CreepiestObject. You move Consul's legs to point to two numbers, and his hands will point to the product of those two numbers. He may be a fun way to teach math, but why are his limbs so spider-like? What secrets is he hiding behind that smile? #CHMFromHome

We are in this together. #CHM is uniting today with other nonprofits for #GivingTuesdayNow. We celebrate the countless n...
05/05/2020
GivingTuesdayNow | May 5, 2020

We are in this together. #CHM is uniting today with other nonprofits for #GivingTuesdayNow. We celebrate the countless nonprofits providing essential services around the world, and those who generously support them. Find out more: https://now.givingtuesday.org

#GivingTuesdayNow on May 5 is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity--to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.

#MaytheFourth be with you! Set in a Galaxy far, far away, Star Wars (1977) combined old-fashioned science fiction storyt...
05/04/2020

#MaytheFourth be with you! Set in a Galaxy far, far away, Star Wars (1977) combined old-fashioned science fiction storytelling with cutting-edge special effects provided by Industrial Light & Magic. Check out our Graphics and Games timeline to learn about other achievements in computer graphics! https://bit.ly/2KYbvGa

Over the past five decades, the venture capital industry has become a force in fueling innovative tech companies that ha...
04/30/2020
The Next New Thing: Venture Capital Stories - CHM

Over the past five decades, the venture capital industry has become a force in fueling innovative tech companies that have changed the world. Learn about the history, development, and future of Silicon Valley VC in our new CHM Digital Story. https://bit.ly/3eZUwRE

Over the past five decades, the venture capital industry has become a notable force in fueling the start-up, growth, and impact of many innovative tech companies that have changed the world. Understanding how the venture capital industry works, how it has developed, and where it's headed provides co...

Can we “humanize” our machines to understand us in the way we understand one another? Join us virtually on May 18 as Dr....
04/30/2020
Girl Decoded - CHM

Can we “humanize” our machines to understand us in the way we understand one another? Join us virtually on May 18 as Dr. Rana el Kaliouby sits with NPR Silicon Valley Correspondent Aarti Shahani to explain how she is working to strengthen tech’s emotional intelligence and discusses her new book Girl Decoded. #CHMLive https://bit.ly/3bSDbYV

“When it comes to the digital world, our computers have trained us to behave as if we lived in a world … where none of us can read one another’s emotional cues,” says Rana el Kaliouby in her new book Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest To Reclaim Our Humanity By Bringing Emotional Intelligen...

We are in this together. CHM is uniting with other nonprofits for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5. We invite everyone who is ...
04/29/2020

We are in this together. CHM is uniting with other nonprofits for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5. We invite everyone who is within their means to give back to frontline nonprofits, who are working hard to support essential workers. Find out more: https://now.givingtuesday.org

When it comes to the future of #AI, author Pamela McCorduck does not have answers, only questions. Perhaps her principle...
04/23/2020
The Future: Humans and AI

When it comes to the future of #AI, author Pamela McCorduck does not have answers, only questions. Perhaps her principled refusal to land on either the side of salvation or destruction, and to maintain a clear view and an open mind, is a reminder of what the best of human intelligence has to offer. Learn more in our final excerpt from McCroduck's book "This Could Be Important"
https://bit.ly/3bvXNpw

“The search for AI parallels our innate wish to fly, to roam over and beneath the seas, to see beyond our natural eyesight.”

Missing our exhibits and collections? What if you could see yourself standing in CHM, while also staying at home? Jazz u...
04/22/2020

Missing our exhibits and collections? What if you could see yourself standing in CHM, while also staying at home? Jazz up your next Zoom meeting with our CHM-themed backgrounds! #CHMFromHome
https://bit.ly/2XUUGnm

04/21/2020
Humanity Forward

CHM CEO Dan’l Lewin speaks to the world’s current crisis with optimistic hope for the future and the essential role technology will play. Hear how CHM is adapting its new mission to decode technology for everyone to shape a better future.

There are people who have made it their mission to use tech to serve humanity and the greater good. They are engineers a...
04/18/2020
A Greater Good: Lessons For the Post-Pandemic Future

There are people who have made it their mission to use tech to serve humanity and the greater good. They are engineers and scientists and entrepreneurs and businesspeople who live compassion, empathy, and concern for others every day. CHM is fortunate to have crossed paths with many of these inspiring individuals over the years. Here are timely lessons we can learn from them as we look forward to building a better future for us all.
https://bit.ly/2XJH9i5

They are engineers and scientists and entrepreneurs and businesspeople who live compassion, empathy, and concern for others every day.

Artificial intelligence will revolutionize the world, but how can we make it serve everyone? Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott t...
04/17/2020
Reprogramming the American Dream - CHM

Artificial intelligence will revolutionize the world, but how can we make it serve everyone? Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott tackles this in his upcoming book Reprogramming the American Dream. Join us Monday 4/27 for our virtual #CHMLive event! Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2RHHfTE

There are two prevailing stories about AI: for rural and heartland workers with 20th century skills, a dystopian tale of steadily increasing job destruction; for urban knowledge workers and the professional class, a utopian tale of enhanced productivity and convenience. But there is a third way to l...

To keep up with coworkers, we at CHM started an #athome channel on Slack to share recipes, pet pictures, and home office...
04/16/2020

To keep up with coworkers, we at CHM started an #athome channel on Slack to share recipes, pet pictures, and home office setups. As we shelter in place, modern technology is changing how we connect. How has technology helped your #NewNormal routine? #CHMFromHome

Many predicted that #COBOL would be a failure even a year after it was created. Committee member Howard Bromberg had thi...
04/15/2020

Many predicted that #COBOL would be a failure even a year after it was created. Committee member Howard Bromberg had this tombstone made as a joke in 1960, yet it is just as ironic today. Learn about COBOL's development in our online #Revolution exhibit: https://bit.ly/2K7sTrD

Necessity is the mother of invention. What are the necessities of today? How can we create new technology to aid in thos...
04/14/2020
Design the Future - CHM

Necessity is the mother of invention. What are the necessities of today? How can we create new technology to aid in those necessities? Learn critical thinking, design, and creativity with your budding engineer using our Design the Future activity. Perfect for students grades 3–12! #LearningAtHome #STEM
https://bit.ly/2Vgx1dZ

The Engineering Design Process is a series of steps followed by engineers in developing a new product as they experiment and test their ideas, making changes and improvements throughout the process. In this activity students brainstorm problems that can be solved using technology. Students select an...

04/13/2020
Women in Computer History - ENIAC

Women were essential to the ENIAC’s calculations. They input programs by connecting wires and setting switches, and debugged by finding the one vacuum tube that had failed out of 18,000. Find out about the ENIAC programmers and other women in computer history in our timeline. #STEM #Revolution
https://bit.ly/2y9G6xb

Since CHM is closed, the archivists let the robots run around and see all the exhibits. Shakey, the 1972 SRI Internation...
04/09/2020

Since CHM is closed, the archivists let the robots run around and see all the exhibits. Shakey, the 1972 SRI International robot, is visiting a 1951 Univac-1 console. 🤖 #NightAtTheMuseum

Journalist Mike Cassidy shares his thoughts on our world after #COVID-19: It is a time that has called for sacrifice and...
04/07/2020
The Post-Apocalyptic Coronavirus World

Journalist Mike Cassidy shares his thoughts on our world after #COVID-19: It is a time that has called for sacrifice and an acknowledgment that the world is bigger than us and our role in it. It’s a time that asks us to understand that our actions can have life or death consequences for those around us. It is a time that has forced us to find new ways of human connection. https://bit.ly/2JPhsoa

The World Will Never be the Same, But Not the Same How?

Journalist @StevenLevy's balanced & compelling new book, Facebook: The Inside Story, and his discussion with CEO Dan’l L...
04/02/2020
A Facebook Story: Mark Zuckerberg’s Hero’s Journey

Journalist @StevenLevy's balanced & compelling new book, Facebook: The Inside Story, and his discussion with CEO Dan’l Lewin, provides all the details we need to write the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s "hero’s journey"--complete with a cliff-hanger ending. https://bit.ly/34a86No

The “hero’s journey” is a classic story structure. Coined by literature professor Joseph Campbell in 1949, it refers to a tale in which a character ventures out to get what he or she needs or…

A huge thank you to the students and teachers at United For Success Academy for sending us this card! We hope you contin...
03/31/2020

A huge thank you to the students and teachers at United For Success Academy for sending us this card! We hope you continue learning and #DecodingTechnology! #education #STEM

03/30/2020
Revolution Virtual Scavenger Hunt

It can be hard to imagine a time when computers didn't play a big part in our homes, especially now. But in 1969, Honeywell tried introducing a "kitchen computer." It didn't take off.

Make sure not to miss it in our #Revolution Virtual Scavenger Hunt! #MuseumsFromHome
https://bit.ly/2UfMLyK

In celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, our #CHMEducation team has put together an amazing journey of the past, present, ...
03/27/2020
Women in Computing History - CHM

In celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, our #CHMEducation team has put together an amazing journey of the past, present, and future of women in computing and #STEM. Learn more about these inspiring women and create your own #timeline of women in computing!
https://bit.ly/2y9G6xb

CHM is proud to present Women in Computing History: a lesson for students that explores the key roles women have played in the past, are playing in the present, and will play in the future of computer science, engineering, and space exploration.

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