As part of what I intend to do as ACM president, I will be posting to this blog on a regular basis. You can expect to see elements of what I find interesting out on the web as well as details of what we will be doing to enhance the acm.org web presence.
Having done most of my career in computer graphics and interactive techniques, I expect that many of my posts will deal with topics relating to those fields. But those won’t be the only topics that I’ll be covering. I’m also pssionate about web services, social networking and cloud computing. Those subjects will also get covered here.
Let’s kick off this blog with a video that moved me when I first saw it as it reminded me of why I moved to computer graphics very early on in my career. I had the opportunity to work with some very gifted student artists from the Arts et Technologies de l’Image program at Paris VIII University who needed access to a VAX that I was working with. Discovering what they could do with computers as an expressive medium completely changed my perspective on what computers could and should be used for. The video below shows what an artist can do with a new computing tool: the iPad in this case, and helps us see just how broad the impact of computing is today.