COSM A Technology Summit

David Gelernter

Yale Computer Scientist, Artist, and Author
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Gelernter (BA Yale ’76, MA Yale (Bible Studies) ’77, PhD SUNY/Stony Brook (Computer Science) ’83. Asst Prof (Yale ’82), Assoc Prof (’86), Tenured Assoc Prof (’90), Prof (’93). His Linda system, a coordination language whose development began when he was a graduate student, introduced the first “cloud,” and has been taught and used from Norway to Witwatersrand (with Mauricio Arango and Nick Carriero).  His book Mirror Worlds (’91) included the first description of social networks; “mirror worlds” themselves are now discussed at major conferences (e.g. the Mobile World Conference this year and next).  He designed Lifestreams to replace the domestic operating systems and associated software.  His Lifestreams system of ’94-’95 (with Eric Freeman) was the first-ever “Twitter-type stream” (though strictly more powerful than Twitter), and the first operating social network.  (Several grad students used it in the late 1990s to build the first blog on the internet.)  His book Tides of Mind (2016) described the “cognitive spectrum” and introduced “a new paradigm for the study of human consciousness” (Chicago Tribune).  He’s working on a new book.

He’s presented gallery talks at the Yale A.G. and led art-history seminars (on Giacometti); published short stories in Commentary, and the novel 1939 (1995).  His paintings are in the collections of the Yeshiva University Museum and the Tikvah Foundation, and of several prominent collectors.  He’s working on a new book about “the abolition of domestic computers.”