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Grady Booch reads from his On Computing columns from IEEE Software magazine for this podcast on Computing Now.

Give them a listen and join Grady as he discusses the impact of computing on humanity.

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The Big Questions

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses the big questions whose answers shape the systems with which we engage.

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The Incredible Lightness of Software

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how from the inside of a software-intensive system, there are many different styles of implementation, each with its own subtle characteristics. From the outside, it all looks the same: it’s completely invisible.

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Storytelling involves weaving abstractions about fundamental truths regarding the world and the human experience to entertain and educate. When it comes to movies and television, producers and directors often make computer technology look like magic. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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Wizard pulling bionic rabbit out of computer on movie screen

The Human and Ethical Aspects of Big Data

Every line of code represents a moral decision; every bit of data collected, analyzed, and visualized has moral implications.

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Deus ex Machina

No matter your individual position on the matter, faith is a powerful element of the human experience. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that computing intersects with the story of belief in many ways. Here, we explore computing as a medium for faith, as a ritual space, and as a technology that itself raises certain metaphysical issues.

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Monks coding at old computers

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About the Speaker

Grady Booch

Grady Booch is recognized internationally for his innovative work on software architecture, software engineering, and modeling. He was chief scientist of Rational Software Corp. from its founding in 1981 until it became part of IBM, where he's an IBM Fellow. Grady was one of the original authors of the Unified Modeling Language and one of the original developers of several Rational products. Grady has served as architect and architectural mentor for complex, software-intensive projects around the world in just about every domain imaginable. He is currently developing Computing: The Human Experience, a major transmedia project for public broadcast. Contact him at grady@computingthehumanexperience.com.