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The Bedroom Computer
 
 IEEC&E 1977
The Bedroom Computer
 
Abstract When coupled with an inexpensive keyboard and display, MIMIC, a microprocessor board developed for prototype data acquisition systems, mutable interfaces, and custom process controllers, becomes a fully expandible, budget, go-anywhere computer.   
The talk, with slides, describes the starter system, the software monitor (µPROCESS) and options.
   
BJC50
 
IEEC&E 1979
Self Configuring Computing Systems 
 
Abstract System complexity has reached a level such that the task of configuration can no longer be handled by traditional methods.  To ensure correctness, thoroughness, flexibility, completeness, and efficiency or, in some cases, to get the job done at all, the responsibility of configuration must devolve to the system itself.  
Eventually, a system that has been freed to configure itself will not have wires between devices.  Systems based on unconnected devices will benefit from impressive versatility, improved reliability, and simplification of installation and updates.  
The postulated arrangement embodies only known technology such as microprocessor controlled ultrasonic and optical channels, data encryption, and device animation.  
Rearranging floor plans, bringing in new equipment, implementing multiple and redundant devices in a full set of permutations, delivering printouts directly to the user's workspace, and empowering the system to develop customized configurations for each task, are simplified as the natural result.
The principles were demonstrated with a series of slides, which, when shown in quick succession simulated the actions of the devices being described.
 
 
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