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Architects of Tomorrow, Volume 1 [Kindle Edition]

William Van Winkle
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Book Description

For nearly 10 years, William Van Winkle has interviewed some of the most brilliant and influential innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, and luminaries behind today's technologies. In the “Architects of Tomorrow” series, the best of these interviews, all originally published in CPU magazine, are gathered into one place. Each interview contains previously unpublished and expanded content plus loads of 2011 follow-up discussion, making each chapter relevant and fascinating.

Interviewees in Volume 1:

Ray Kurzweil, Inventor and Futurist
Barbara Mikkelson, Co-Founder of
Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, World Champion Gamer
Mark Coker, Founder and CEO of Smashwords
Esther Dyson, “First Lady of the Internet”
Jerome Rota, Creator of DivX
Louis Burns, Vice President of Intel’s Desktop Platform Group
Richard Bartle, Principal Creator Of MUD
Jeremy Irish, President of Groundspeak
Max Levchin, Co-Founder of PayPal
Amit Yoran, First National Cyber Security Division Director
Fred Weber, CTO of AMD
Brian “BT” Transeau, Electronic Music Pioneer
Gabe Newell, Co-Founder of Valve Corporation
Bob Young, Co-Founder of Red Hat
Greg Nielson, Lead Researcher, Sandia National Laboratories
Aldo Bussien & Todd Yuzuriha, Logitech Architects
Ted Nelson, Creator of Hypertext and Project Xanadu
Senh Duong, Founder of Rotten Tomatoes
Seamus Blackley, Father of the Xbox
Michael Robertson, Founder of and
Wenchi Chen, CEO of VIA Technologies
Woody Norris, Inventor
Thad Starner, Director of Georgia Tech’s Contextual Computing Group
Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia

This collection is for anyone with an interest in modern technology -- where it comes from, how it gets created, and the many ways it dominates our lives.

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"It was a privilege and a pleasure to read this book." -- A. Denton, #2 Ranked Amazon reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 1062 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Enwritenment Publishing (March 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SBP98U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time capsule April 21, 2011
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For the past 10 years or so, William Van Winkle's job or one of his jobs was to engage captains of our high tech industry as well as the established or lesser known prophets, visionaries and gurus and interview them on behalf of the CPU (Computer Power User) magazine. This first volume of "Architects of Tomorrow" collects interviews from around 2002-2006 and, with one exception or two, adds a 2010-2011 follow up where the reader is given an update on the interviewee's career or path in life, some of the topics discussed way back then are revisited and new insights or predictions may be offered.

I generally do not enjoy reading/watching/listening to interviews because in most instances they are either prearranged events or the interviewer is unprepared or unable to ask intelligent or meaningful questions or it all turns into a sterile cat and mouse game where the thrill is supposed to be watching he subject caught unprepared or trapped into saying something that could be viewed as ignorant, outrageous, unacceptable or subversive by the standards that the majority of the audience accepts at that time. Mr. Van Winkle's interviews are nothing but. He is not a hollowed celebrity (a good thing), he generally knows his interviewees and he is prepared to discuss the issues - the many aspects of what we call 'the computer industry' and its impact on our daily lives and our future. His intimate knowledge and understanding of the topics discussed translates into intelligent and meaningful questions which in turn produce interesting comments and answers from his subjects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Give This A Whirl.. April 10, 2011
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Plan to set aside at least 10 minutes a day because this book proves hard to put down once you begin. Van Winkle guides you through some of the most interesting, thought-provoking interviews with some of modern technology's brightest intellects. He also lets the interviewees tell their stories in their own language, making each interview captivating and fun to read! As a gamer myself, the interview with Fatal1ty was probably most interesting, as he's one who definitely characterizes the "pro gamer" status - and it was amusing to see the contrast of how he's changed since he first started out as compared to his current, more humble self. The dialogue with Kurzweil was very entertaining - the discussions about AI developments and the idea of "singularity" were mentally stimulating and I often caught myself pausing while reading, asking myself "what if" and pondering the concepts from this respected futurist. All in all this is a great read, and if you have any interest in what goes on behind the scenes of some of modern technology's best innovations, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technology - who got it right and who got it wrong April 4, 2011
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First, I'm not one of those nasty folks who gloats when some hero falls from their perch. In fact, I get annoyed when people who deserve credit don't get it. So when I started reading William van Winkle's book I was pleasantly surprised that he did what good journalists should do: allow people do do their own talking and let the reader make up their minds. And so he did with this book, republishing interviews of icons of technology he did ten years ago and adding interviews he did with them just recently, allowing their interviews to express their opinions, goals, believes and yes, dreams.
Among the people interviewed: The snarky gamer, Fatal1ty who was still in his teens just getting into what became pro online gaming when William did his first interview. Now he's almost 30 - what a change. He has branded motherboards and other products and made a business of gaming. Van Winkle did an interview with analyst and investor, Esther Dyson, whom I met many years ago. She spoke about her training as an astronaut, her time at internet company ICANN, and that she has yet to achieve her greatest goals. I loved reading about how the founders of Snopes went about debunking Internet myths - and still admitting their own personal gullibility. And Wenchi Chen of VIA, who was right all along about x86 processors that needed significantly less power. William van Winkle starts the book off with my favorite, Ray Kurzweil, whose interview, whether it was 10 years ago or almost yesterday about the nexxus of biology and computers makes me think...could it really happen?
This is a delicious book, great for reading in little bits on a vacation - kinda like going on the "one genius a day" diet. Or you can gobble it up all at once but I'd say savor it and think about what makes each of these people tick.
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I read ALL of these candid interviews as they were first published in CPU magazine. However, those interviews were edited to fit into a single page. Having the interview here in their full glory is more insightful. Super-interesting read for anyone that claims to be passionate about computing and its future.

There were more interviews than I see here. The "Volume 1" implies those are coming. I expect I'll be checking those out as well. Nice having all those interviews so cleanly compiled together. And the commissioned art for each interview is fun!
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More About the Author

William Van Winkle started publishing poetry and short fiction straight out of high school. Seven years later, he suddenly realized that publishing computing articles yielded far more paychecks and so became a full-time freelancer for the likes of PC Magazine, CPU, PC World, Tom's Hardware, and many other outlets.

Roughly two million non-fiction words and one bald spot later, William reached middle age. He realized that he had just as many fiction words stored up in him, and they were not only eating away at his mind but also his folicles. In an effort to keep what hair is left, William is now pounding out fiction as fast as his journalism schedule allows.

He lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with his wife and two sons.


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