by Amy Flora

Last week I had the good fortune of attending the Ada Lovelace Symposium held at the University of Oxford in celebration of Ada’s 200th birthday. There was a series of brief lectures on Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, covering a broad series of topics: the “analytical engine”, Charles’s notorious grumpiness, Ada’s alleged drug addiction, etc. Unlike the now internationally celebrated “Ada Lovelace Day,” held on the second Tuesday of October, the symposium took a more critical view of Ada Lovelace and her legacy. Continue reading “Ada Lovelace: adventures in dystopia”