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Things Computers Can’t Do Freshman Seminar INT94JC , Winter 2006. Wim van Dam Room 5109, Engr. I vandam@cs.ucsb.edu http://www.cs.ucsb.edu/~vandam/. Formalities. Latest news and additional information always found at www.cs.ucsb.edu/~vandam/teaching/W06_SEMINAR/

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things computers can t do freshman seminar int94jc winter 2006

Things Computers Can’t DoFreshman Seminar INT94JC , Winter 2006

Wim van Dam

Room 5109, Engr. I

vandam@cs.ucsb.edu

http://www.cs.ucsb.edu/~vandam/

formalities
Formalities
  • Latest news and additional information always found at www.cs.ucsb.edu/~vandam/teaching/W06_SEMINAR/
  • Required book: Computers Ltd.: What They Really Can't Do,by David Harel, OUP (2000)
  • One unit, Pass/Fail.To get a “Pass” you will have to participate actively in the seminar.
seminar newsgroup
Seminar Newsgroup
  • There is a Google group where everybody can read and post messages about the seminar:
  • http://groups.google.com/group/thingscomputerscantdo/
  • If you do not sign your emails, I will probably not reply.
  • If you email me a general question, I probably will cc my reply to the discussion group.
from answers com
From answers.com
  • sem·i·nar (sĕm'ə-när') n.
    • A small group of advanced students in a college or graduate school engaged in original research or intensive study under the guidance of a professor who meets regularly with them to discuss their reports and findings.
    • A course of study so pursued.
    • A scheduled meeting of such a group.
  • A meeting for an exchange of ideas; a conference.
  • [German, from Latin sēminārium, seed plot. See seminary.]
how it works
How it Works
  • You have to attend the seminars and participate to get a “Pass” grade.
  • As preparation for the seminar you will be asked to read a chapter from “Computers Ltd.” beforehand.
  • To show that you indeed read the text and to get food for our discussion you will have to email me no later than Monday “something inspired” about the material.
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Huh?
  • Possibilities:
  • A provocative thought
  • A follow up question
  • A haiku
  • A cartoon

“Something inspired?”

  • Criteria:
  • It should show that you read the material and that you seriously tried to understand it.
  • It should be interesting, no dull summaries please. I want to use them in my slides.
  • They do not have to be long or complicated.
tentative schedule
Tentative Schedule
  • Here, in Phelps 1401, from 3:30 to 5:30pm (max.)
  • Wednesday Feb 8: today
  • Wednesday Feb 15: What’s it all about?
  • Wednesday Feb 22: Sometimes we can’t do it
  • Wednesday Mar 1: Sometimes we can’t afford to do it.
  • Wednesday Mar 8: …
  • Wednesday Mar 15: …

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”

Niels Bohr

staying up to date
Staying Up-To-Date

Frequently check the web site of the course at:www.cs.ucsb.edu/~vandam/teaching/W06_SEMINAR/

In case of exceptional situations: email me as soon as possible.

Give me a working email address…