data : saints
Saint Douglas of the Whooshing Deadline
Universal communication visionary
Douglas Adams is mostly remembered for the revolutionary notion of a networked e-book, but also spoke widely on the subject of technology and its impact on humanity. He reasoned that an open mind and the application of common sense was the only way to survive the ongoing revolution.
Saint Al of the Wireless
Father of wireless communication
It boggles the mind that a single man could, across three generations of inventors, create the walkie-talkie, the pager and champion the cause of mobile telephony ahead of all others. Al Gross was just such a man. His vision of global personal communication has enriched us all.
Saint Claude of Communication
Pioneer of modern information theory
Claude Shannon observed that "the fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point." Driven by an insatiable curiosity and enabled by a legendary range of talents, Shannon defined much of the theoretic framework that is still in place today.
Saint Alan of the Enigma
Father of computer science
Alan Turing was the first man to wrap his head around the idea of one machine being able to fulfil a number of tasks, depending on the instructions it was given. This idea is at the core of your current ability to run (or write) a wide range of programs on your computer.