Joel Runyon (Blog of impossible things) recently ran into the inventor of the first programmable computer, Russell Hirsch, in a Portland coffee shop. Here’s their conversation.

Hirsch made an interesting point about the consumption of media and the sale of tablets:

“I’ve been against Macintosh company lately. They’re trying to get everyone to use iPads and when people use iPads they end up just using technology to consume things instead of making things. With a computer you can make things. You can code, you can make things and create things that have never before existed and do things that have never been done before.”

“That’s the problem with a lot of people”, he continued, “they don’t try to do stuff that’s never been done before, so they never do anything, but if they try to do it, they find out there’s lots of things they can do that have never been done before.”

What did Runyon learn from this conversation?  That we should all stop reading books, and start doing things, of course. I guess the idea of a renaissance man isn’t quite what it used to be.