Indy Gupta
Published 03/16/2022
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logo with the headshot of Moshe Vardi“We think of ourselves (in Computing) as the Rebels. We are not the Rebels anymore — We are The Empire. We are running the (Death) Star.”

“You have to be morally obtuse to work for a tobacco company… today for some computer companies, it requires moral obtuseness to work for them!”

Moshe Vardi, Professor at Rice University, (check out what Wikipedia has to say) . Winner of Gödel Prize (2000), Knuth Prize (2021), and Lifetime Achievement Awards in Computing

Topics in the Episode include:

  • Moshe’s Kibbutz childhood and college years in Israel;
  • Nearly becoming a Rabbi;
  • Fighting in two of Israel’s wars (1970s, 1980s);
  • Computing Revolution in the 1960s and 70s;
  • Comparing Industry vs. Academia;
  • And, a Clarion Call to the Computing Community to change the way we view ourselves (and view industry).

This is the 3rd of 4 episodes focused on Israel.

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