• Alan Turing: gave us general purpose computing
  • Grace Hopper: added the abstraction layer of programming
  • Douglas Engelbart: added that programs could be usable
  • Andrew Carnegie: “…the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.”
  • Thomas Jefferson: One of the most important sponsors of the liberty I enjoy today.
  • Émile Baudot: inventor of digital communications
  • Tommy Flowers: inventor of purely-electronic “programmable” computing in the face of skepticism
  • Edward Snowden
  • John Muir: defender of wilderness
  • Pauli Murray: moved US towards civil rights
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: defender of civil liberty and advocate for open dialogue and diversity
  • Margaret Sanger
  • Ida Craddock
  • Ida Tarbell: heroine of the fourth estate
  • Ida Wells: another heroine of the fourth estate
  • Greta Thunberg: humanity’s conscience

Worth reading

  • Zeynep Tufekci
  • Daniel Dennett
  • Danny Hillis
  • Stephen Jay Gould
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • H. L. Mencken
  • George Lakoff: brings linguistic theory to laypeople in useful ways. Sometimes oversimplifies, especially about embodied cognition.
  • Amanda Hess
  • Gore Vidal