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Around the PLATO in 80 Minutes

Back on January 13th, I participated in an 80-minute interview with Jon Udell. In case you missed it, and if you are new to the history of PLATO, it's a good starting point to learn some of the history and find out why PLATO is relevant today.

The interview was published on the IT Conversations site. Here's their description:

This year marks the 50th anniversary of PLATO, the pioneering educational courseware system that was also, for certain lucky individuals at certain universities, a preview of an online culture -- one that many others would not encounter for decades to come. In this conversation with host Jon Udell, PLATO historian Brian Dear recalls what it was like to experience an early distribution of a future that was, and in some ways still remains, unevenly distributed.

Here is a link to the IT Conversations interview page for "PLATO Turns 50" where you can play or download the interview. It's also available on iTunes as a podcast!

 

Learn more about the upcoming book:

The Friendly Orange Glow: The Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture, by Brian Dear

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