Dr. Mark Weiser was the Chief Technologist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Weiser never received a bachelor's
degree but earned his PhD in Computer and Communications Sciences from the University of Michigan (1979). Weiser was assistant
and associate professor and associate chair in the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland from 1979 to
1987, when he joined Xerox PARC as a member of the technical staff, then heading the Computer Science Laboratory for seven
years. He started three companies. His over 75 technical publications are on such areas as the psychology of programming,
program slicing, operating systems, programming environments, garbage collection, and technological ethics. Weiser's work
since 1988 focused on Ubiquitous Computing, a program he initiated that envisions PC's being replaced with invisible computers
embedded in everyday objects. He believed that this will lead to an era of "calm technology", in which technology, rather
than panicking us, helps us focus on what is really important to us.
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