We see computing in our phones, robots, and tablets, but have you ever thought that computing can be found even in static objects like tables and rocks?
Computer Science and Arts & Technology professor, Dr. Paul Fishwick explains how he takes abstract concepts of computing and makes them concrete in everyday objects.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.
We often teach computing by having a student sit down in front of a computer. The assumption is that computing is done in computers. This is a bit like saying the mathematics is done with a ruler and compass.
I recently gave a TEDx talk at UTD where I showed the example shown above in addition to others. The task for the computer scientist is to see the world as information – its structures and behaviors. This is not to take away from the code movement because learning to code is essential as a way to learn how powerful computing can be, and how creative we can be when we do code.
But we should not stop there. Computing can be framed as a particular way to see the world around us. Take a trip to the park. You will see information in all of its glory.
ATEC Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Computer Science
Director of the Creative Automata Laboratory