Harry Huskey dies in Santa Cruz; ENIAC pioneer also designed ‘first PC’

Read the full SJMN article at mercurynews.com.

“Huskey thinks his G-15 could be ordained as the first personal computer. It was small for its time, cheap for its time and designed to be used by one person. Although that concept of a personal computer is the same today, the G-15 is a far cry from the desk-top models available today at Macy’s for about $1,000.

For one thing, the G-15 is as big as two refrigerators. And instead of using computer chips, it uses 350 vacuum tubes that must warm up before the computer can be turned on. It has no display screen, just a Teletype that spits out what the computer was thinking.

The price: only $50,000. That’s about $222,000 in 1988 dollars, but it was absolutely a steal back when the cheapest computers sold for more than $1 million.”

April 12, 2017 Meeting

Machine Learning and AI for the Rest of Us
Jim Baldwin, Antimatter Research

What is Machine Learning and how will Artificial Intelligence help us. Jim Baldwin will present an introduction to help demystify these concepts. He will also introduce the “Alice” project which aims to make using internet services simpler and safer for all of us.

Jim Baldwin is the Founder and CEO of Antimatter Research which launched in Palo Alto on December 13, 2013 with a core vision of building products with embedded intelligence. Jim is a Silicon Valley veteran maker of things small and large, from transistors to chips, systems, firmware, applications, and distributed cloud-based systems.

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room. All members and guests are invited to attend an optional NO-host dinner prior to our general meeting. Dinner will be at 5:45 PM at The Bistro located on the ground floor of the Elks Lodge.