By the late 1960s and early 1970s Massachusetts was an economic backwater. Long past the booming textile and industrial trade era, the future seemed uncertain, even bleak. Do you remember the gas lines of the early 1970s and the ﬂight of manufacturing jobs to the South? Compare these memories with the remarkable vigor and optimism of today’s innovation economy. How did we get here and what may happen in the future?
Over six sessions we will review how major technological innovations were developed, commercialized, and ﬁnanced. We will look at some of the technological visionaries, entrepreneurs, and risk takers who helped to make these transformations happen. Below are the topics we’ll explore:
● Goodbye Big Blue, hello mini-computers and word processing
● PCs & software: IT empires under threat
● Networked computers: “You’ve got mail”, telecom rules revised
● The Internet: search engines, smart phones, and social media
● Biotech: from bytes to DNA
● “Hello, Hal”: artiﬁcial intelligence and big data