ACM History Committee
2011 Progress Report on Project "Staging the ACM Chess Championships"


2011 Progress Report on Project "Staging the ACM Chess Championships"
Bernard Geogheganals (2009 ACM History Fellow)

I presented findings from my initial research as a keynote speaker at a conference held in Nottingham, England on March 24th, 2010. The flyer from that talk, "Cybernetic Automata and the Deferred Image of Thought," is attached here. The talk I gave at Pierre Mounier's seminar at the Sorbonne (Paris IV) in May, 2010 is now forthcoming as an essay from the French journal "l'Anthropologie de la Connaissance." Due to a very slow French publishing cycle, it may yet take a year or two for that to arrive in print. When it does, I will send you a copy. The program from my talk at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in May 2010 be found online here

The main deliverable, however, is a second book project: what started as a chapter of my dissertation has, with ACM funding, become part of a second book project, which I am working on intermittently and will complete after my dissertation is defended. This book treats the history of public spectacles and exhibitions of calculating machines from 18th century automata to the recent performances of Watson on Jeopardy. The ACM chess champions will appear at the center of this project, and I expect to complete the research for that book in 2012. When my dissertation is handed in (October 2011 or May 2012) I will finish the research for that project.