April 23, 2001
What: A lecture, "Where the Web Went Wrong."
Who: Ted Nelson, an early computer visionary who in the 1960s
invented the concept, as well as the term, "hypertext."
When: Monday, April 30, 11:30 a.m.
Where: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, Ballroom
A, located on the second floor of the Hazell Student Center.
Why: Nelson, an author, academic and entrepreneur, was an early
critic of the commercializing of computing. The World Wide Web, in
Nelson's view, like the majority of computing systems, does not give
users enough choice. Software programs, such as those made by Microsoft,
dictate to users. During his talk, Nelson will describe how companies
could, and should, make programs that give users more control.
Nelson, who teaches at Keio University in Japan, is the author of
several books including "Computer Lib," "Literary Machines,"
and "The Future of Information." Living in California in
the late 1950s, Nelson helped spur an anti-corporate movement to design
computer systems that serve people and users, not corporate profits.
Now, decades later, in a similar way, he is trying to develop a global
infrastructure for sharing knowledge. He has also developed designs
to create an alternative world of software.
How: Arrive for photos and to hear the talk at 11:30 a.m. at
the Hazell Center Ballroom. Following the talk, Nelson, as well as
students here, will be available for interviews.
NJIT is a public research
university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral
students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College
of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science
and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors
College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics,
multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics,
environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building
science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT
has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive