Ada

After the pilot for The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. was ordered to series by Fox back in the mid-‘90s I found myself attached to the show as a co-producer. Exec producers Carlton Cuse and Jeffrey Boam asked me to come up with an episode pronto and I landed on Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine as the basis for story. Brisco was continually interested in what the future held so having him run up against a villain using a computer to accomplish his crimes made sense. The script was rejected and something else was tried... something I can’t recall. But Babbage, and Ada Lovelace remain fondly in my memory alongside Brisco’s adventure with their machine.


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TED: Touch your data

Via Engadget:

In February 2010, the man who built the technology of Minority Report twice -- once for the movie, and once in real life -- spoke at TED about the future of user interface design. Yesterday, TED posted John Underkoffler's entire fifteen-minute video presentation -- a copy of which you'll find right after the break. Get a curated glimpse into his company's tech in the following demo, and hear from the man himself when the gloves might come off.