Sunday, October 23, 2011
Life and Death: Michael Jackson vs Steve Jobs vs Dennis Ritchie
Out of the three, Dennis Ritchie will have the greatest cumulative impact on human civilization because he pioneered a technology with an infinite reach, including all servers and browsers tuned to the news of Michael Jackson's death, as well as all iPads and iPhones Steve Jobs sold. But his work lacked the accessibility necessary for understanding the scale of his impact.
The good news is that unlike Alan Turing, who died as a convict on probation, Ritchie's contribution to the society was widely acknowledged during his life.