Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA (born 8 June 1955), also known as “TimBL,” is a British computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989, and he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet sometime around mid November.
Kurt Friedrich Gödel was an Austrian American logician, mathematician, and philosopher. After World War II, he emigrated to the United States. Gödel made an immense impact upon scientific and philosophical thinking in the 20th century, a time when others such as Bertrand Russell, A. N. Whitehead, and David Hilbert were pioneering the use of logic and set theory to understand the foundations of mathematics.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American programmer, Internet entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist. He is the chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of social networking website Facebook. His net worth is estimated to be US $55.3 billion as of October 2016, ranking him as the 5th richest person in the world. Since 2010, Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year distinction.
Eric Ries (born 1979) is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author recognized for pioneering the Lean Startup movement, a new-business strategy which directs startup companies to allocate their resources as efficiently as possible. He is also a well-known blogger within the technology entrepreneur community.
Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan Listen (12 August 1892 – 27 September 1972) was a mathematician and librarian from India. His most notable contributions to the field were his five laws of library science and the development of the first major analytico-synthetic classification system, the colon classification.
Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His works have been published in nine out of ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.
Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean-French filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, musician, comics writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been “venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts” for his work which “is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation.
Yvon Chouinard (born November 9, 1938) is a rock climber, environmentalist and outdoor industry businessman, noted for his contributions to climbing, climbing equipment and the outdoor gear business. His second company, Patagonia, is known for its environmental focus. According to Fortune magazine, Chouinard is arguably the most successful outdoor industry businessman alive today. Chouinard is also a surfer, kayaker, falconer and fly fisherman, particularly fond of tenkara fly-fishing.
Gerald Jay Sussman (February 8, 1947) is the Panasonic Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his S.B. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from MIT in 1968 and 1973 respectively. He has been involved in Artificial Intelligence research at MIT since 1964.
John McCarthy (September 4, 1927 – October 24, 2011) was an American computer scientist and cognitive scientist. He coined the term “artificial intelligence” (AI), developed the Lisp programming language family, significantly influenced the design of the ALGOL programming language, popularized timesharing, and was very influential in the early development of AI.
You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.
Marvin Lee Minsky (born August 9, 1927 and died January 24, 2016 at the age of 88) is an American cognitive scientist in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Artificial Intelligence laboratory, and author of several texts on AI and philosophy.
An Hacker Koan to remember him:
- “What are you doing?”, asked Minsky.
- “I am training a randomly wired neural net to play Tic-tac-toe”, Sussman replied.
- “Why is the net wired randomly?”, asked Minsky.
- “I do not want it to have any preconceptions of how to play”, Sussman said.
- Minsky then shut his eyes.
- “Why do you close your eyes?” Sussman asked his teacher.
- “So that the room will be empty.”
- At that moment, Sussman was enlightened.
David Riccitelli is cofounder of InsideOut10, the first company to bring the Semantic Web to WordPress.
David started working with the Internet when still in high school. He founded his first company in 1996 when he was 18 years old, he created an ISP from the ground up and later sold his company and joined a group of professionals providing ECM and Media solutions to large corporations, TLCs and public institutions.
In the last years David is deeply involved in the areas of the Semantic Web, Linked Data and Online Video Platforms.
He’s contributing to Open Source software and actively participating in European research projects.