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There was a poignant piece of news on Thursday – the death of personal computing pioneer Ed Roberts at age 68. In the mid-1970s, Roberts created the MITS Altair 8800 computer. It was this machine, of course, that caught the attention of two young software dreamers—Bill Gates and Paul Allen – and set in motion a chain of events that has helped create the connected world we live in today. From that hobbyist computer 35 years ago, there are now far more than a billion PCs worldwide, and the PC industry provides millions of jobs around the globe. And the story of Roberts’ life didn’t end with his contributions to the PC industry. After selling his computer company, he went to medical school and became a doctor in Georgia, touching the lives of thousands of patients. Bill Gates and Paul Allen shared some thoughts about Roberts on Thursday.
This week’s news only begins to hint at the scope and diversity of the technology revolution that Roberts helped to launch:
And with that, time to get back to the weekend. See you next week!
Posted by Mark Murray General Manager, Corporate Public Relations