Overheard at SIGCSE ‘68
The Next Fifty Years
Nice! Actually, that was a frustration
with SIGCSE ' 18. Company schools weren’t a thing
back then. If you try to share your experiences with the
attendees, you just get non-sequiturs back. Or at least I
think that’s what was happening.
Well, I’ve got too many tabs open to run the stage right now
anyway. We’re in the midst of student projects.
For us, those all start next week—I’m steeling myself. Are
you headed to the keynote, Alice? It’s Kurzweil, I hear.
Ray K.? Let’s go! Which way, Bob?
Out past the kombucha. Take the escalator up and into the
next SIGCSE story.
Hah—you know, Bob, you really are a daemon.
True. But it’s what makes us such a good team, Alice
Harvey Mudd College - Computer Science
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DOI: 10.1145/3233229 ©2018 ACM 2153-2184/18/12
Welcome, Alice! How about a guided tour of SIGCSE, 50
2018? That must have been something, CS'ing in ' 18.
It’s incredible! Think of it—back in 2018, there were still
six Millennium problems and only eight Millennium
Falcons. Isn’t the upcoming Star Wars: Force Fed the
twentieth? Rey’s going to make a cameo, I hear.
Right—in 2018 the independence of P vs. NP wasn’t known.
There was no Axiom of Nondeterminism yet...
From my experience, it’s the most obvious of the human
And 2018 was before Panop was running. How’d you restage SIGCSE 2018 without all of today’s cameras?
They let us gather all the pixels taken at the 50th
conference. You know, most of 2018 was still in photos?
We image-wove the 3d model. It’s pretty coarse, with
lots of blind spots; our gaming team has invested some
creativity in the gaps. But the best part of SIGCSE ' 18
is chatting with the attendees. They’re all Markov-animated using social media sources of the day. You’ll
feel like you’re talking to your grandparents!
I love it! I got this. How about, ‘Far out! CS is groovy!’
That’s too far back, Alice…
’What about, ‘SIGCSE is hella high-key!’
Not sure about that either, Alice…
OK. Whatever, Bob.
Spot on. You’re good to go. And remember, Alice, in 2018
“person” was a synonym for “human. ”
Good point, Bob. No splaining needed. We’re both
people—but better to let me lead on this.
Hi—sorry to interrupt, but I’d really recommend it. I ran
the stage yesterday, it was great! I’m Charlee, by the
way—nice to me you.
The stage has all the details. In ' 18 they served pretzels—
Coffee Wow—I’m glad we’re in '68 and not ' 18. Do you
work out here, Charlee?
No, I’m at Amazon U.’s east-coast campus.
I see! I teach at Alphabet.
But the best part of SIGCSE ' 18 is
chatting with the
attendees. They’re all Markov-
animated using social media sources
of the day. You’ll feel like you’re
talking to your grandparents!