Indistinguishable from Magic? Computation in the 21st Century

Thursday 15 March 2018, 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Room ASG01, Swansea Business School, University of Wales Trinity St David, Ty Bryn Glas, Powell Street, Swansea, SA1 1NE


Refreshments will be available from 6.30pm, lecture will start at 7.00pm.

This is a joint IET and BCS South Wales Branch event.


Arthur C Clarke, Author of 2001 A Space Odyssey, is famously quoted as saying that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Chris Jobling, this Year’s Chair of the Wales South West Local Network, has been an observer of the development of computing, particularly in the area of Computer Aided Control System Design, since 1982. In this time, he has observed computing hardware evolve from minicomputers to mobile phones and the software that it executes become ever more magical. In this personal reflection on his career, he will attempt to demonstrate the magic of computing and speculate on the future.