My visits to my alma mater over the years have often provided an opportunity for reflection, whether on technology or life in general. Some structures remain central and constant for decades, like infinite corridor passing through the main part of campus. Others adapt and change over time, like the “temporary” Building 20, the “magical incubator” on whose site the Stata Center - home of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory - now sits.
It was fitting therefore that I began my talk last month at MIT CSAIL with some observations on my career path since MIT. The companies I’ve worked for have changed, and the internet even more so, over more than two decades. But my focus on helping build a connected digital world, expressed in various technology areas, has remained constant. So has the importance of research and of collaborating with leading academic institutions such as MIT.Read more