Computing Conversations
Never before has a major scientific field emerged and matured in a single generation, and with the Computing Conversations column/podcasts, we meet and talk with early pioneers and current visionaries to hear firsthand the stories of how they brought us the innovative technologies we rely on today.

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By Charles Severance
Engineers at Living Computers: Museum + Labs have salvaged one of the world's first supercomputers.
By Charles Severance
Security guru Bruce Schneier talks about what it takes to think like a security expert.
By Charles Severance
Charles Severance visits the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Washington, to get back to his programming roots.
By Charles Severance
Security guru Bruce Schneier talks with Charles Severance about security from the perspectives of both the National Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
By Charles Severance
edX CEO Anant Agarwal talks with Charles Severance about what the online learning provider has achieved in its first three years and where it’s heading.
By Charles Severance
Computer scientist Anil Jain discusses the evolution of the biometric recognition field.
By Charles Severance
Roy T. Fielding reminisces about his PhD dissertation, which defined the Representational State Transfer architectural style.
By Charles Severance
jQuery creator John Resig talks with Charles Severance about the birth of the JavaScript library jQuery and how it came to play a key role in the browser software ecosystem.
By Charles Severance
Python creator Guido van Rossum talks with Charles Severance about the growing pains and rewards the programming language experienced as it evolved.
By Charles Severance
Author Charles Severance interviews Ian Foster about how the Globus project helps move large amounts of data efficiently and safely, allowing scientists to focus on their research and not on IT problems.
By Charles Severance
John Resig and Pamela Fox discuss the addition of computer science to the topics covered by Khan Academy, where instructors upload short educational lectures on YouTube.
By Charles Severance
Guido van Rossum discusses the initial development of Python, which has increasingly become the programming language of choice for many scientific fields due to its extensibility and ease of use.
By Charles Severance
Guido van Rossum talks with Charles Severance about the birth of the general-purpose, high-level Python programming language.
By Charles Severance
Author Charles Severance interviews Nii Quaynor about how the story of bringing the Internet to Africa is one of cooperation and collaboration for the common good.
By Charles Severance
Author Charles Severance interviews Elizabeth Fong about how the standards were created for the Structured Query Language (SQL) database.
By Charles Severance
Author Charles Severance interviews Andrew S. Tanenbaum about the motivation, development, and market impact of the MINIX operating system.
By Charles Severance
Author Charles Severance interviews Nathaniel Borenstein about how email evolved from plaintext to multimedia.
By Charles Severance
Author Charles Severance interviews Len Kleinrock about the Internet's humble beginnings.
By Charles Severance
Author Charles Severance speaks with Doug Van Houweling about how the NSFNet went from connecting a few supercomputers to becoming "the Internet."
By Charles Severance
Author Charles Severance interviews Joseph Hardin about the development of the Mosaic browser at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and how it introduced the World Wide Web to the general public.
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   About the Author
Charles Severance is a clinical associate professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, and served as Computer's multimedia editor until 2018.