Max Palevsky, the computer industry pioneer and early investor in Intel who died at age 85 last Wednesday (May 5), had, ironically, a fairly well-documented skepticism of computers, cells phones, Google, and games later in his life, according to reports.
Palevsky's resume is impressive. Before helping to found Intel, he worked on Bendix Corp.'s first computer, the G-15, then, in 1957, joined Packard Bell in Los Angeles. In 1961, he founded Scientific Data Systems. That company was acquired in 1969 by Xerox. He invested a portion of his money from that sale in a Santa Clara, CA, chip start-up that became Intel.
Later in life, though, he became wary of the impact of computers on society. In an essay for an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2005, he expressed a dim view of the "hypnotic quality of computer games, the substitution of a Google search for genuine inquiry, the instant messaging that has replaced social discourse," according to The New York Times.
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