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

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No Laughing Matter

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses the journey to understand the theories, mechanisms, and algorithms that discern and define funny. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing. From IEEE Software's September/October 2016 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/05/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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Disrupting the Disrupters

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how the way to disrupt an industry is to question the fundamental, sacred assumptions on which that industry is founded, then journey along the path of the possible. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing. From IEEE Software's July/August 2016 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/04/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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It Is Cold. And Lonely.

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how the next generation of software-intensive systems will be taught instead of programmed. This poses considerable pragmatic challenges in how we develop, deliver, and evolve them. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing. From IEEE Software's May/June 2016 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/03/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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The Computational Human

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how different ages of humanity have required different modes of thinking. We have progressed from the Cognitive Revolution to the Agricultural Revolution to the Industrial Revolution and now find ourselves in the Computational Revolution. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing. From IEEE Software's March/April 2016 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/02/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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Remembrance of Things Past

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how although we live in a world of unprecedented complexity and astonishing possibility, we should never forget our past, for those who came before us in computing enabled those possibilities. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing. From IEEE Software's January/February 2016 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/01/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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Grady Booch: I, for One, Welcome Our New Computer Overlords

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses why he rejects fears that machines with superintelligent computing powers will eventually spell the end of humanity. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing. From IEEE Software's November/December 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2015/06/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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My Autobiography

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how the story of computing is the story of humanity. This is a story of ambition, invention, creativity, vision, avarice, and serendipity, powered by a refusal to accept the limits of our bodies and minds. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing. From IEEE Software's September/October 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2015/05/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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Then A Miracle Occurs

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how developing software-intensive systems is like many other things, but itís also like no other thing. And for the general public, how software is made remains a mystery. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing. From IEEE Software's July/August 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2015/04/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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Anarchy and Order

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how computing amplifies the actions of governments, but can also temper its behavior by enabling mechanisms for private communication as well as for open and transparent communication by the people of a nation. Similarly, governments can help focus the artifacts of computing to the health and happiness of its citizens, but temper it as well. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing. From IEEE Software's May/June 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2015/03/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how we must come to grips with a number of practical and ethical conundrums as machines of our own creation become our companions, helpmates, and servants. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing.

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Grady Booch: Of Boilers, Bit, and Bots

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how parallels exist between the Industrial Revolution and our current computing revolution regarding risk, transparency, and responsibility. Grady then examines some of these parallels, their implications for society, and individual developer’s responsibilities.

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Grady Booch: The Persistence of Memory

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how even in the face of the tumultuous changes brought about by computing, the threads that define our very humanity still persist and bring a poignant texture to a fully digital life. Subscribe to the On Computing podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ieee-softwares-on-computing. From IEEE Software's November/December 2014 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2014/06/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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To Code or Not to Code

Author Grady Booch provides an audio recording of his On Computing column, in which he discusses how much a functioning member of society today should know about computing.

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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

The Stories of Possibility

There are three things that future generations may never experience: the smell of books, the sound of a computer, and the sanctuary of privacy. These human considerations are all unintended consequences of computing.

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The Wonder Years

For those on the outside of the curtain of computing, there is much mystery behind the matter of software-intensive systems. To some, it looks like magic; to most, its inner workings are irrelevant insofar that it simply works. To those of us behind the curtain, however, we know that such systems are filled with chaos, regularity, and beauty.

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Boy taking apart watch

Illustration by Robert Stack.

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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.