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Encoding: Computers as a Global Medium

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Monday, October 2, 2023

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Hohbach Hall, Main Exhibit Promenade
557 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
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Drawing from the Libraries’ extensive collections, Encoding illustrates two fundamental shifts in the history of computing: recasting computers as a communications medium rather than solely as a means for calculation by “number crunching” and developing encoding systems that encompassed more of the world’s text and language systems. The result was global computing: a technology that today encompasses virtually all the world’s cultural, financial, educational and entertainment media. Notable collections include the Unicode Collection, the Louis Rosenblum Papers, & the Thomas S. Mullaney East Asian Information Technology History Collection.

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