Episode 29 | Moshe Vardi Interview
“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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