Introduction: Computation as Part of Culture

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Noah Wardrip-Fruin is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Chair of the Digital Arts and New Media MFA program (DANM) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He co-directs the Expressive Intelligence Studio, one of the world's largest technical research groups focused on games. Noah's research areas include new models of storytelling in games, how games express ideas through play, and how games can help broaden understanding of the power of computation.