Radical Machines: Chinese Computing and The Future of Writing with Dr. Thomas Mullaney

From John Shanahan—Associate Dean & Director of Liberal Studies, Associate Professor of English:
At first, the topic might seem only for East Asian studies and History students, but it is not. It is about writing, reading, and changing interfaces. His book is getting a lot of attention because he has shown how much the history of the mobile phone interface had little-known global roots.Mullaney’s path-breaking scholarship has excavated an untold history of, for instance, how Chinese computer engineers in the 1950s and 1960s pioneered “predictive text input” – i.e. the interface we use on our phones every day, and – we thought – only a decade or so old.
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