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'The tablet is my device of choice': Why PC creator Mark Dean has largely abandoned his electronic child

Gordon Mah Ung | Dec. 17, 2014
Thanks, Dad? Mark Dean, who helped created the original IBM PC, predicted his creation's death three years ago. We check back to see how he feels about it now.

Of all the technology you've had a hand in creating, what are you the most proud of?
I am most proud of the PC and the team it took to make it happen. We developed a device that changed the way society works, learns and plays. It enabled the world to be more productive and entertained. How many times does someone get to work on something that had the impact the PC had on the world.

As a professor you're seeing today's crop of engineers, who will create the amazing devices of tomorrow. How do they compare to your generation?
Today's crop of engineers are more talented than my generation. This doesn't mean they are smarter. But they grew-up with fewer constraints and limitations in the way they interacted with each other and the amount of information they had at their disposal. They also have access to more capable computing environments and tools, allowing them to be more productive in their research and development. They play with things more advanced than we had in our most advanced research labs. It's like most things, an increase in the number of things that are possible increases the potential to innovate. 


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