Mike Gerwitz

Free Software Hacker+Activist

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# I Will Be Speaking At LibrePlanet 2019
Please join me [this year at LibrePlanet][0] for my talk, tentatively
  titled "Computational Symbiosis: Methods that Meld Mind and Machine".

[0]: https://libreplanet.org/2019

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> Words like "wizardry" and "incantation" have long been used to describe
> computational feats that defy understanding.  But neither computers nor
> their users are performing feats of magic---computers are merely dumb
> machines that follow explicit instructions with no mind of their
> own.  For systems to think, we must tell them how.
>
> While graphical interfaces have made certain aspects of technology more
> accessible to users, they have masked some of the most powerful tools
> available for solving day-to-day problems.  Users follow a carefully
> choreographed workflow that thinks _for_ them, limited by a narrow set of
> premeditated possibilities.  There exist concepts devised decades ago that
> are still thriving and relevant today for simplifying and automating the
> most basic to the most complex tasks.  They offer virtually no limits on
> freedom of expression or thought and they blur the distinction between
> "user" and "programmer".
>
> This fast-paced session demonstrates a range of practical possibilities when
> machine acts as an extension of the user's imagination.  Non-technical users
> are encouraged to attend.

For my previous three years' talks, see my [Talks page](/talks).

We will be gathering once again in the Greater Boston Area,
  but the exact venue has not yet been announced;
    I'll update this post with further details once it is.