How to Create a Mind

Both hardware and software are progressing exponentially.  If logical thinking were the essence of intelligence, then computers would already be superior to us.  The area where humans still have an edge is our emotional intelligence.  Emotion is not some sideshow or distraction to intelligence.  Being funny, being sexy, expressing love – those are the cutting edge of human intelligence.

   ~ “Can We Reverse-engineer the Brain”, interview with Ray Kurzweil, by Brian O’Keefe, Fortune Magazine, January 2013



…but as the TMRC [MIT’s “Tech Model Railroad Club”] people used the word, there was serious respect implied.  While someone might call a clever connection between relays a “mere hack”, it would be understood that, to qualify as a hack, the feat must be imbued with innovation, style, and technical virtuosity.  Even though one might self-deprecatingly say he was “hacking away at The System” (much as an axe-wielder hacks at logs), the artistry with which one hacked was recognized to be considerable.

   ~ Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, Steven Levy

Algorithm Design

Perhaps the most important principle for the good algorithm designer is to refuse to be content.

   ~ Aho, Hopcroft, and Ullman, The Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms, 1974


Computer Programming

In the long run, each media revolution offers people an entirely new perspective through which to relate to their world.  Language led to shared learning, cumulative experience, and the possibility for progress.  The alphabet led to accountability, abstract thinking, monotheism, and contractual law.  The printing press and private reading led to a new experience of individuality, a personal relationship to God, the Protestant Reformation, human rights, and the Enlightenment.  With the advent of a new medium, the status quo not only comes under scrutiny; it is revised and rewritten by those who have gained new access to the tools of its creation.

  ~ Program or Be Programmed, Ten Commands for a Digital Age, Douglas Rushkoff 

Apple Core

In a 1997 MacWorld speech, Steve Jobs outlined the key things on which the Company would focus:

  • Board of Directors
  • Focus on Relevance
  • Invest in Core Assets
  • Successful Partnerships
  • New Product Paradigm

1,000 Songs in your Pocket

The Zen Mind

The Pursuit of Profit

My passion has been to build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products. The products, not the profits, were the motivation. [John] Sculley flipped these priorities to where the goal was to make money. It’s a subtle difference, but it ends up meaning everything.