Al Alcorn is the Pongfather, the progenitor of the first hit video game in world history, Pong. In Code Hero, you will meet Gaming's maker and learn from him how to create your own pong! Al is also a cofounder of Hack The Future and teaches electronics because he actually built Pong with a circuit board!
Alan Kay led the XEROX PARC lab and pioneered object oriented programming, graphical user interfaces. Their Alto was the first personal computer workstation and their Dynabook was the forerunner of today’s laptop and tablet computers. Kay passed the technology torch to Steve Jobs and the Apple team that built the Macintosh.
Dynabook would have had software targeted mainly at children to give them access to digital media. The concept is now 43 years old, but has the Dynabook finally been invented, and is something else beyond?
Grace Hopper invented compilers to make the first human-friendly programming languages and she is widely known as the creator of Cobol and the first person to find an actual computer bug.
Douglas Engelbart is the founder of augmented intelligence and creator of the mouse and so many other inventions central to computing that no one bio can really capture it all.
Engelbart gave the mother of all demos in 1968 introducing some of his most famous innovations and ideas about intelligence augmentation that augments our ability to improve our intelligence augmentation and so on, which he called bootstrapping:
Dennis Ritchie was the creator of the C programming language and cocreator with Ken Thompson of the UNIX operating system.
Alan Mathison Turing reinvented computers after Babbage and Ada Locelace's mechanical Analytical engine fell into obscurity, defining algorithms and computing and posing for the first time the questions of computability and artificial intelligence.