NYT columnist David Pogue to describe future of personal technology

David Pogue, the award-winning tech columnist who taught “Dummies” how to use Macs in the ’80s and was one of the first to predict big things for Twitter, will describe what he thinks is next for personal technology in a lecture on campus Oct. 10.

Pogue’s talk, “How Smart Can We Get?” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Blaustein Humanities Center’s Ernst Common Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Pogue is a personal technology columnist and blogger for The New York Times, the host of a technology series on PBS’s “Nova,” an Emmy-award winning tech correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” and a columnist for Scientific American magazine.

He was one of the original authors in the “for Dummies” series of instructional books, writing about Apple Macintosh computers in the 1980s. He also explained magic, opera, classical music and Broadway musicals. He originally came to New York to work in musical theater and only later became known as a techie. His recent New York Times columns look at the latest iPhone.

Pogue will deliver the annual Sound Lab Foundation Lecture, which is cosponsored by the Friends of the Connecticut College Library. Now in its 16th year, the endowed series brings prominent national speakers to campus to address contemporary issues.

The Sound Lab (also known as the Naval Undersea Warfare Center) was established in New London during the Second World War to support technological research in the development of submarines. During its heyday, it employed about 3,000 people in the region until its operations were moved to Newport, R.I. The Sound Lab Foundation was created in the 1990s by retired employees who wanted to keep the memory of the organization alive in New London.

October 4, 2013