Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Apr 2012 02:56 UTC
In the News "Sir Jonathan Ive has been crowned British Visionary Innovator in a competition, run by the Intellectual Property Office. Ive won by a large margin with almost fifty per cent of the vote (46.6%). In second place was Sir Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the world wide web) with 18.8 per cent of the vote. James Goodfellow OBE (the inventor of PIN technology and the cash machine) was in third place with 15.2 per cent of the vote." Alan Turing was also nominated. If you ever needed an illustration of everything that's wrong with the technology industry today, it's this. Guy who designs the exterior of mass-market gadgets wins over guys who actually really contributed to technology. Telling.
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RE: Missing the point
by M.Onty on Fri 27th Apr 2012 10:07 UTC in reply to "Missing the point"
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Ive isn't being compared to some obscure code monkeys or engineers whos' admittedly brilliant but inaccessible work was only made successful by the intervention of a worldly designer. He's being compared to the man who came up with the concept of universal computers, helped shorten WWII by a two years* and was midwife at the birth of both the British and American computer industries. He's also, as Thom points out above, being compared to the creator of the world wide web, which we appear to be essentially using to debate the relative importance of it vs the iPod.

Its only a public poll, meaning people make snap judgments based on who they've heard of, so we shouldn't get too worked up about it. Therefore I wouldn't say it was indicative of a general world malaise; but I would say its indicative of Britain's forty years of media and politics deliberately belittling its 'metal bashers'**, of which we have had some of the best.

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* Axis forces knew that the Enigma was breakable, they just thought that the effort required to break it would be so gigantic that no-one would ever bother. Guess who did bother?

** Real headline from The Times, some decades ago, arguing that Britain should become an exclusively service based economy: "Metal Bashers Should Shut Up Shop".

Edited 2012-04-27 10:14 UTC

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