YUI Theater — Douglas Crockford: “Project Future” (43 min.)

By Eric MiragliaDecember 7th, 2010

Yahoo! JavaScript architect Douglas Crockford speaks at YUIConf 2010 at Yahoo! HQ in Sunnyvale, CA.

In this capstone talk from YUIConf 2010, Yahoo! JavaScript architect Douglas Crockford reflects on the life of Walt Disney, who dreamed of creating a ‘City of the Future’ in Florida as part of the project that became Disney World. (This is not a technical session, but rather one about big dreams and the life lessons we can draw from them. If you’re looking for Douglas’s JavaScript lectures, check out Crockford on JavaScript or the second column of YUI Theater.)

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Walt Disney’s EPCOT Video

During his presentation, Douglas showed the following video made by Walt Disney shortly before his death. In this 24-minute clip, Disney introduces the key concepts underlying his “City of the Future.”

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One Comment

  1. Jeffrey Gilbert said:
    December 8, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Solid talk. Took away so much from this. Had no idea that Walt had such big plans for Disney World. You just grow up around it and all you see is what it’s become, not the spectacle of what it should have been.