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Mark Halpern

Mark Halpern has been working in and with computer software for fifty years, starting out with IBM’s Programming Research Department just after the release of Fortran, and going on to work for several other companies, including Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, tiny Silicon Valley startups, and then IBM again. He lives in the hills of Oakland, California, with his wife and daughter. His website is His e-mail address is

In The New Atlantis

Visions of the Future; The Turing Test

Number 12 ~ Spring 2006

The Trouble with the Turing Test

Number 11 ~ Winter 2006

Buggy Software and Missile Defense

Number 10 ~ Fall 2005


  • Language & Human Nature (Regent Press, 2006)
  • Binding Time: Six Studies in Programming Technology and Milieu (Ablex Publishers, 1990)