Re: [unrev-II] of recent conversations....

From: Jon Winters (
Date: Thu Mar 16 2000 - 15:11:47 PST

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    On Thu, 16 Mar 2000, Eric Armstrong wrote:

    > From: Eric Armstrong <>
    > Jon Winters wrote:
    > > Over the last ten weeks I have been very excited about the things we
    > > have been talking about and I have attempted to share this excitement
    > > with my family and co-workers.
    > >
    > > They all think I'm a bit of a wierdo now. My wife throws up her hands
    > >
    > > and shouts "BUNK" because it sounds like a bunch of science fiction.
    > That's odd. I've never had that reaction. When people ask me what the
    > colloquium is about I say, "designing the technoglogy mankind needs to
    > solve complex problems".
    > Everyone gets very impressed, and that's as far as the conversation
    > usually goes.

    For me the conversation falls apart when they ask "what kind of problems"
    and I attempt to describe a few examples. The effects of scale are
    particularly difficult to explain to a 'normal'.

    I'll try the simple approach next time!


    Jon Winters

    "Everybody loves the GIMP!"

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