Prof. of computer science at Yale, author of Mirror Worlds (1991), “one of the most influential books in computer science.” (Technology Review, July 2007). Designer of Lifestreams, the first social network. Wired headline, Feb ‘13: “David Gelernter predicted WWW; 16 yrs ago, he predicted lifestreams a la Twitter, Facebook, in Wired. What's next?“
In the ‘80s, Gelernter & Nick Carriero developed the network programming language Linda (said to have included, in Linda’s “tuple space,” the first Cloud); his book How to Write Parallel Programs with Carriero led directly to the program used by a now-giant company to do fast parallel Web search. The 1991 book Mirror Worlds inspired the design of Java and JavaSpaces and "foresaw” the World Wide Web (Reuters, 3/20/01, and others); “one of the most influential books in computer science” (Technology Review, July 2007). In the ‘90s Gelernter and Eric Freeman developed lifestreams, the world’s first social net. In recent years he’s worked on research described in Tides of Mind (Norton, 2016: “A new paradigm for the study of human consciousness,” Nick Romeo, Chicago Tribune “Mr. Gelernter is an expert on artificial intelligence . . . a rich portrait of different modes of thinking, something like Proust’s masterly descriptions of the workings of memory,” David Eagleman, Wall Street Journal) and on software projects. Earlier this year Apple retrospectively licensed Freeman & Gelernter’s lifestream IP, which underlies several years of Apple operating systems.
Gelernter was a board member at the National Endowment for the Arts during the ‘00s and wrote a weekly column on culture and politics for the New York Post for a year and the Los Angeles Times for another year. Among his other books are the novel 1939: The Lost World of the Fair (“Original and arresting”: Washington Post Book World), the memoir Drawing Life (a New York Times “notable book of the year”) and Judaism, a way of being (“Shocks with the lyricism of his prose": Boston Globe). He’s published fiction in Commentary and essays, reviews and political pieces in the usual places.
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