John Markoff, senior writer for The New York Times, writes for the paper’s science section and lives in San Francisco, California. He has always been fascinated by computers and combines a deep technical knowledge with insatiable curiosity about where the revolution is heading. In 2013, he was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting “for its penetrating look into business practices by Apple and other technology companies that illustrates the darker side of a changing global economy for workers and consumers.”
His book What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry is a revealing glimpse at the origins of what became known as Silicon Valley at the inception of what John Doerr called “the largest legal accumulation of money in history.” In this 30 minute podcast we discuss the way the Viet Nam war shaped the personal computer and the surrounding culture. There are many incredible stories to be told that will hopefully inspire you to read the book and gain your own first hand glimpse of how figures like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates picked up the pieces surrounding the volcano of innovation to help make our 21st century digitally interconnected world.