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#1 tytytucke

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 16:50

Is it far to compare Bill Gates to Da Vinci just to show the differences in how great they where and how long they will be remember? In 100 years I don't believe Bill Gates or Steve Jobs will be well known like Thomas Edison. Really, they help make computers what they are today, but they didn't create something new, they only made it better. I just think they will be known as another great ceo that did some great things for the time. Nothing revolutionary; just making good consumer products.

I think the average person in 60 years will have to look up the name Bill gates or Steve jobs to know who they are.

Does anyone know who Peter Carl Goldmark is? inventor of the color Tv! He made a better TV. I would be surprised if anyone knew who invented the cell phone, riding mower, Smoke detector, etc... These are all common consumer products that we take for granted and none of use really know who invented them.

No disrespect to the great inventors over the years but who really cares who invented what. Not many do, those who do have some short of reason they do (fans of product, etc.)

Bill and Steve are great now, but they are only so popular now because they where CEOs of great company's. People remember Steve going on stage with his black shirt and blue jeans talking about some of the biggest and most popular consumer products of our time. Not because he helped make those consumer products. He was a rock star, he is an idol. People loved seeing him, his complexion and everything about him. He was a cool hippie that made it big. That's why they are making a movie about him. That's why people know him so well.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 17:05

Like most things, it'll be buried in time. Someone will refer to them but those growing up (unless specifically interested in computer history) will probably be unaware.

There will more 'big figures' in history before then, each era will have their own idols and famous pioneers to stand on the shoulders of those that have stood before them.

We don't have an inventor of the hover board yet, I forecast that dude will be a legend ;)

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 17:11

I read an article that Bill Gates would be remembered in the third world countries for the next 100 years, and statues would be build to honour him.
Not because of Microsoft, but because of his charitable work.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 17:14

if gates is not a main part of an extremely special invention or cure in his life time he will not be remembered generally at all. of course he will be part of some history compendium in the part about computer science, philantropist extremely wealthy man.

but apart from that, nope. noone with general basic knowledge will have heard of him.

I read an article that Bill Gates would be remembered in the third world countries for the next 100 years, and statues would be build to honour him.
Not because of Microsoft, but because of his charitable work.

yeah well that is how media might tell it. i can assure you, of the regular people in those countries noone has even heard of a man Gates.
in that area of information we are extremely manipulated and misinformed.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 17:18

it depends what a computer and software will look like in 50+ years. If the whole concept stays the same, of course they will still be remembered. If computing turns into something completely different, its going to be tough.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 01:30

He will be remembered in a general way but not in the same breath as Einstein or Napoleon.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 16:43

He'll be mentioned in the Microsoft myth as head sorcerer. :p

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 18:27

The same way John D. Rockfeller is...

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 18:53

The sad truth is an egomaniac control freak like Steve Jobs who spent his life stealing from others, giving nothing back and being completely selfish, is viewed as a visionary who 'changed the world', and thus myth is likely to continue.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 19:04

I don't see Steve Jobs being remembered any more than Gates a 100 years from now.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 23:33

The same way John D. Rockfeller is...


I had written up a well thought out and researched response to your comment, but was lost accidently when I closed the wrong tab.
It could not be recovered.

But basically I don't think they compare because Rockfeller made history. He did things on the larger scale which nobody could compare to at the time. Bill gates hasn't even donated enough to stand out from donations made in recent years like Rockfeller did. Rockfeller had a lot more money to spend than Bill does. I don't have much to back this up because I'm not re writing my perfect response, but I had to give something. Also who is this Paul Allen? =-p

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 23:39

Bill Gates will be remembered for eternity as the man who ate chicken with a spoon.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 23:41

Of course he will be, but not always for the reasons you would associate with him now. He'll be remembered for hundreds of years.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 23:43

he will be mentioned. I remember that the 1980's and 1990's MS was an innovative warhorse. Everything revolved around MS. when Win95 came out,I remember the massive media blitz and seeing video of many people waiting in line to purchase the new Desktop OS. Bill Gates has contributed ALOT to computing and alot of it may be good or bad, depending on what side of the fence you are standing on in this debate but

Bill Gates WILL be remembered as a pioneer and leader of Microsoft. Microsoft has done alot for computing..yes, he will mostly be remembered by reference to MS mostly for the 80's and 90's.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 23:07

Bill Gates is a little more comparable to Henry Ford than Da Vinci. Have we forgotten about Henry Ford?