We’re programmers, we automate things. Software will continue to be important in new and strange ways that we may not be able to predict. One tool we have to understand automation is history: a few hundred years that have left an indelible mark on who we are. One of the first machines to use a punch card was the jacquard loom, and computers and textiles are more tightly woven than we might first think.

The aim of this talk is to provide some context that allows us to frame our thinking about automation historically, to give us a way to think about what automation is, what it’s for, and how we should use its incredible and transformative power.


Speaker: Angus Fletcher

Suggested Experience: All levels of experience.

Technologies Used: Various

Keywords: history, automation, computing

Tracing threads, a history of automation