I am someone who spends a lot of time in his own head. I think a lot, and I try to think my way out of many holes. I am the classic overthinkers. I once had a girlfriend who told me that I think too much. Needless to say; we are no longer dating. I am an introvert in many aspect of the way. My dating habits show me as an introvert in every sense of the way. However, this is not the reason for this post.
A few years ago, I read the official biography of Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs was one of the original Pirates of Silicon Valley. He died in 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Walter Isaacson wrote Steve Jobs’ biography. It was an interesting book to read, but Walter Isaacson wrote a better book. He wrote the Innovators. The Innovators starts from the days of Lord Byron and his daughter Lady Ada Lovelace. It was at the begining of the industrial revolution. Then he goes to the technologic period before, during and after World War II. During this period Alan Turing revolutionized the field of computing. I consider him the father of Artificial Intelligence. Walter Isaacson conclude his book to the Information age of the present. Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, John Mauchly, John von Neumann, J. C. R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce of Intel, Bill Gates and Paul Allen of Microsoft, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs of Apple, Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Page of Google, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, and Lee Felsenstein of Osborne are some of the innovators discussed in the book. The book is about the collaboration these individuals accomplished to help humanity. Steve Jobs and Paul Allen are no longer of this world, but they are part of a legacy for this world.
Were it not for the people mentioned above, I would not be working in Information Technology. As a child, I had a strong inclination toward humanity courses, but I read about Ada Lovelace and I turned against the Luddites. I love technology, but like all things we have to consume technology in moderate doses.