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The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.


Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity

February 8th, 2018 / in Announcements, computer history, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

National Academy of Sciences’ Sackler Colloquium on Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity will be in Washington, DC at the National Academy of Sciences (2101 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, District of Columbia 20418) on March 13-14, 2018.

Our ambition is to redirect the history of ideas, restoring the Leonardo-like close linkage between art/design and science/engineering. We believe that internet-enabled collaborations can make more people more creative more of the time.

50 years ago in an era of political turmoil, the artistic response was captured in a famed exhibit on Cybernetic Serendipity that celebrated how individual artists could creatively transform computers into art machines. The rock star artists entranced 40,000 viewers with never-before seen images, films, music and sculpture. The goals were to delight, surprise, and sometimes annoy audiences with their creations. 50 years later in another time of political turmoil, the capacity to make images, films, music and sculpture has been dramatically expanded to billions of users who create and publish their work online to their mega-million audiences.

This colloquium will use the historical framework of Cybernetic Serendipity to look at how the context has changed. This will form the foundation for asking questions of how collaboration and creativity is impacting practice and research today. How should we re-envision research policy and educational structures to maximize the impact of partnerships with design, art, and humanities? How can we productively engage business, government, and non-governmental organizations as research and educational partners?

For more information, including how to registersee this website

Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity