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PostSubject: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 1:30 am

Vint Cerf, God of the Internet

Do you think the Architect in the Matrix was modeled after him? (see below)



Along with a handful of other computer scientists, Vint Cerf really did
invent the Internet. He began working on it in 1969, when it was an
obscure Department of Defense project. More than forty years later, as
Google's vice president/chief evangelist
, this winner of the National
Medal of Technology and the Presidential Medal of Freedom is still
shaping the future of the Net. Among his current projects is the
Interplanetary Internet, which is exactly what it sounds like.


Matrix Architect


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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 2:07 am



The Gods of Geek
http://www.foxnews.com/slideshow/scitech/2010/01/19/pantheon-geek-gods?slide=1

The ancient Greeks knew who was responsible for the things around them: Zeus was the god of thunder, Apollo was the god of music, and Poseidon was god of the sea. If technological wonders such as gadgets and Web sites had existed back them, they might have gotten their own gods, too. Today, we know that these products are the result of inspired work by mere mortals. But the best ones still have an air of magic and mystery about them — which is why we're nominating eleven remarkable mortals to our Pantheon of Geek Gods.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 2:33 am

Mark Zuckerberg, God of Community



In January 2004, Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg began building a Web site designed to let his classmates connect online. It was an instant campus hit, and usage soon spread to other schools. In 2006, "Zuck" opened up Facebook to non-students; today, it's got 350 million users, giving it a population greater than that of the U.S. Social-networking upstart Twitter may generate more buzz right now, but it's Facebook that helps everyone from geeks to grandmas keep track of the important relationships in their lives.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 2:35 am

Jimmy Wales, God of Knowledge



n online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, consisting entirely of articles contributed by volunteers? Jimmy Wales was skeptical about the idea — and as cofounder of Wikipedia in 2001, he was one of the guys trying to make it work. Millions of articles and dozens of international editions later, Wikipedia has changed how the planet shares information of every sort. No longer a doubter, Wales has made cheerleading Wikipedia's massive community of contributors into his life's work.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 2:37 am

Jonathan Ive, God of Style



Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is as synonymous with the company he leads as any CEO on the planet. But for more than a decade, Jonathan Ive, Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, has been responsible for the sleek look and feel that's defined the personality of such megahits as the iMac, the iPod, and the iPhone. Among the British-born Ive's fans: iPod owner Queen Elizabeth II, who named him as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2006.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 2:46 am

Marissa Mayer, Goddess of Usability



Soon after Sergey Brin and Larry Page founded Google in 1998, they hired a young computer scientist named Marissa Mayer. She took on oversight of the fledgling search engine and other Google products that followed, such as Gmail and Google Maps — and she deserves as much credit as anyone for preserving the obsessively minimalist Google look and feel.

When the company adds a word to its sparse home page, it's Vice President of Search Products and User Experience Mayer who decides which existing word will go to keep the total at 28.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 2:48 am

J Allard, God of Coolness



One of Microsoft's major bright spots is its Xbox 360 gaming console, home to blockbuster titles such as Halo and the foundating of a full-blown entertainment ecosystem that's expanding to encompass movies, music, and more. The Geek God in charge of the Xbox from a technical standpoint is Chief Experience Officer and Chief Technology Officer J Allard. (No period after the J, please: He legally changed his name from James.) Allard is also rumored to be heading up work on a hush-hush project involving a design for dual-screened tablet computers.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 2:51 am

Craig Newmark. God of Giving It Away



Back in 1995, San Francisco techie Craig Newmark started an e-mail list for his friends and dubbed it Craigslist. It morphed into a classified-ad site that grew wildly popular in the Bay Area and beyond. Rather than trying to turn Craigslist into an eBay-style goldmine, Newmark kept most listings free, creating one of the Web's most invaluable services — and spelling trouble for newspapers who were used to fat profits from classifieds.

Craigslist circa early 2010 is shockingly unchanged; the ever-humble Newmark proudly claims the title not of CEO but customer service representative.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 2:54 am

Alex Rigopulos/Eran Egozy, Gods of Rock



In 1995, recent MIT graduates Eran Egozy and Alex Rigopulos founded Harmonix, a company specializing in music-themed video games. Their first title sold an underwhelming 300 copies. Guitar Hero, Harmonix's 2005 play-your-own-rock game, did a wee bit better: It and multiple sequels have generated more than $2 billion in revenues to date. Harmonix, which is now owned by MTV, left the Guitar Hero franchise in 2007. It's now concentrating on the similar Rock Band series, which has already racked up more than $1 billion in sales.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 2:56 am

Jeff Hawkins, God of Portable Gizmos



Today's mobile phone is a powerful computing and communications device that happens to fit in your pocket. Nobody did more to make that happen than Jeff Hawkins. His 1996 PalmPilot was the first big-selling electronic organizer. And in 2002, he melded the PalmPilot with the cell phone to create the Treo, the first modern smartphone. Hawkins now heads a startup that's creating a new computing platform modeled on how the brain works. It hasn't had the impact of his two landmark gadgets, but you never know where it might lead.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 3:02 am

Shigeru Miyamoto, God of Play



Nintendo's 1981 coin-operated arcade machine Donkey Kong introduced game lovers to its title ape, an intrepid plumber named Mario, and the talents of a young Nintendo designer named Shigeru Miyamoto.

In the 29 years since then, just about everything about video games has changed — but Kong, Mario, and Miyamoto are still busy entertaining the world. One of the prime forces behind inventive Nintendo products such as the Wii console and DS handheld, Miyamoto continues to change people's perceptions of what video games can be.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 3:04 am

John Knoll, God of Digital Imagery



Thanks to the power of Adobe's Photoshop image-editing software, computers have changed photography forever. The 3D animation produced by special-effects houses like George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic have changed movies just as much. John Knoll has played a unique role in both revolutions: In the late 1980s, he helped his brother Thomas invent the software that became Photoshop, and for more than twenty years, he's been a leading contributor to ILM's amazing film effects. His latest project? A little picture called Avatar.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 3:12 am

Idolatry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idolatry

There is no one section that clearly defines idolatry; rather there are a number of commandments on this subject spread through the books of the Hebrew Bible, some of which were written in different historical eras, in response to different issues. Taking these verses together, idolatry in the Hebrew Bible is defined as either:

  • the worship of idols (or images)
  • the worship of polytheistic gods by use of idols (or images)
  • the worship of animals or people
  • the use of idols in the worship of God.


In a number of places, the Hebrew Bible makes clear that God has no shape or form, and is utterly incomparable; thus no idol, image, idea, or anything comparable to creation could ever capture God's essence.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 7:03 am

Thank you for this, IP.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 12:41 pm

So DoD project on to Google vice president. It seems to suggest that the entire direction the internet has taken, from beginning to end, may have been pre-planned. Very interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 9:38 pm

IP wrote:
Vint Cerf, God of the Internet

I wonder if that's where the term "Cerfing" the Web originally came from?
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Thu 21 Jan 2010, 1:04 am

I never heard of this Vint Cerf character. And as for the Internet being invented in the 1960, I understood that the project was well underway in the 50's.

I'm going to need to watch the Das Netz (The Net) Documentary again, which I see has already been posted here.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Thu 21 Jan 2010, 4:04 am

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In a number of places, the Hebrew Bible makes clear that God has no shape or form, and is utterly incomparable; thus no idol, image, idea, or anything comparable to creation could ever capture God's essence.
I don't think these people are worshiped any more than other industry leaders, and certainly no more than Hollywood celebrities. Also you are the one who is putting the title of "God of <something>" onto their image, but it implicitly appears like a common sin among other people in our culture. I'm somewhat confused.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Thu 21 Jan 2010, 10:31 am

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I never heard of this Vint Cerf character. And as for the Internet being invented in the 1960, I understood that the project was well underway in the 50's.
Nor I. Furthermore, the name "Vint Cerf" sounds suspicious, like some kind of anagram--I've been experimenting with this idea and will post any interesting results. pirat

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I'm going to need to watch the Das Netz (The Net) Documentary again, which I see has already been posted here.
A fascinating documentary; I'm going to watch it again myself. Approximately half-way through it, there's a *very helpful* explanation of what "cybernetics" means; I highly recommend that segment, and the entire documentary as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Gods of Tech   Fri 22 Jan 2010, 9:38 pm

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IP wrote:
In a number of places, the Hebrew Bible makes clear that God has no shape or form, and is utterly incomparable; thus no idol, image, idea, or anything comparable to creation could ever capture God's essence.
I don't think these people are worshiped any more than other industry leaders, and certainly no more than Hollywood celebrities. Also you are the one who is putting the title of "God of " onto their image, but it implicitly appears like a common sin among other people in our culture. I'm somewhat confused.

Actually, FOX News put out this piece and assigned the "god" title to these people. I was just reposting the people and their new found titles here.

http://www.foxnews.com/slideshow/scitech/2010/01/19/pantheon-geek-gods
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