Jacob Goldman, Founder of Xerox Lab, Dies at 90

Jacob Goldman, Founder of Xerox Lab, Dies at 90

Photo: Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times

“In the late 1960s, Xerox, then the dominant manufacturer of office copiers, was searching for ways to move into new markets when he proposed an open-ended research laboratory to explore what C. Peter McColough, chief executive at the time, called ‘the architecture of information.’ Computer systems were still not available in offices at that time, and little was known about the shape of what would come to be called ‘the office of the future.’ (John Markoff, NYTimes.com)

In Memoriam: Friedrich A. Kittler, 1943-2011

“Kittler himself defined his methods as an approach to media research and culture that—in contrast to the Frankfurt School’s preoccupation with ideology and Anglo-American media scholars’ focus on representations—concentrated upon the medial and technical conditions of culture. This technicist preoccupation was supported by an unrelenting commitment to reading, rereading, and reinterpreting the great works of German and European philosophers such as Heidegger, Nietzsche, Hegel, and Aristotle.” (Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan, Critical Inquiry)

Ian Ritchie: The day I turned down Tim Berners-Lee

“I was approached by a nice young man called Tim Berners-Lee, who said ‘Are you Ian Ritchie?’ and I said ‘Yeah’ and he said ‘I need to talk to you’ and he told me about his proposed system called the World Wide Web. And I thought, well…that’s kind of a pretentious name, especially since the whole system ran on the computer in his office.” (TED)