Title: How PARC Imagined the Future: “Futures Day” 40 Years Later
Speaker: Leslie Berlin, Project Historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University and Chuck Geschke, co-founder and former chairman of the board of Adobe Systems
Date: November 30
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC
Free to attend, but must register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-parc-imagined-the-future-futures-day-40...
Forty years ago this month, Xerox hosted a multi-million dollar event to show its senior executives how PARC imagined the future. One of the people in charge of this "Futures Day" was then PARC Computer Science Lab member, Chuck Geschke, who would go on to co-found Adobe Systems with fellow PARC alum John Warnock. Join Chuck Geschke and Stanford historian Leslie Berlin, author of the new book Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age, in conversation about PARC, Futures Day, and the history of Silicon Valley.
Leslie Berlin is Project Historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and served on the advisory committee to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Leslie was a “Prototype” columnist for The New York Times and has commented on Silicon Valley for the Wall Street Journal, NPR, PBS, The Atlantic and Wired. She received her Ph.D. in History from Stanford and her B.A. in American Studies from Yale.
Chuck Geschke is co-founder and former chairman of the board of Adobe Systems. A respected industry leader, Geschke was instrumental in developing some of the software industry’s most pioneering technologies. Prior to co-founding Adobe, Geschke formed the Imaging Sciences Laboratory at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and was a principal scientist and researcher at PARC’s Computer Science Laboratory. Geschke, along with Adobe co-founder and fellow PARC alum John Warnock, was the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, one of the nation’s highest honors bestowed on scientists, engineers and inventors.