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Gordon Bell

Gordon Bell
MSR RESEARCHER EMERITUS
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Gordon's website and email.

Gordon joined Microsoft’s Bay Area Research Center Research in 1995, working on Telepresence “being there, while being here, at possibly some later time”. This work included multimedia in the home. In 1999 he began work on what became the MyLifeBits project to capture all of life’s bits digitally.

MyLifeBits is a personal transaction processing database for everything. Gordon has captured a lifetime's worth of articles, books, CDs, letters, memos, papers, photos, presentations, music, home movies, and videotaped lectures. He also has in his collection recordings of phone calls, IM transcripts, years of email, web browsing, and daily activities captured by the SenseCam. One of the challenges of MyLifeBits has been to build rich applications to encourage people to take their personal memorabilia out of the shoebox and store them digitally for all kinds of future usage including immortality. Gordon is writing a book with Jim Gemmell, the MyLifeBits leader, about their experiences on the MyLifeBits project and their projections of where this technology might lead.

Gordon's previous roles have been vice president of research and development at Digital Equipment Corporation (1960-1983); professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University (1966-72); founding assistant director of the National Science Foundation's Computing and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) Directorate (1986-1988); panel chair of the National Research and Education Network (NREN) for creating the Internet (1987-1988); advisor/investor to 100+ High Tech start-up companies; and a founding trustee of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. He is a member of the ACM, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, IEEE, NAE, NAS, and 1991 National Medal of Technology medalist.

Gordon has co-authored a book with Jim Gemmell called Total Recall. The book is coming out this September and is a culmination of their thoughts and experiences during the MyLifeBits project. 

For a full professional history, please see Gordon's webpage.

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