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 BallmerKnowsBest on Fri 27th Apr 2012 18:13 UTC in reply to "Missing the point"
BallmerKnowsBest
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I think your response is erroneous and incomplete. It is founded upon the mistaken idea that what counts is the technical intricacies of devices rather than what they do for people.


Congrats, only 2 sentences in and you've already managed to shoot your own argument in the foot. And I can demonstrate that with 2 simple questions.

1) What precisely is it that Ives-designed products "do for people" (your words) that is of any real significance?

2) And would any of those things be possible without the work done by Berners-Lee and Turing?

The answer to 2 is obviously "no" - meaning that Berners-Lee's and Turing's contributions are infinitely more important than Ives'. Unless, of course, your answer to question 1 is "give people warm, fuzzy feelings."

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