Yale University Professor, author, computer scientist, acclaimed futurist, conservative intellectual and friend of the Glenn Beck program David Gelertner was featured in the Wall Street Journal this weekend with a surprising message: “I hate computers, and I refuse to play with them.”
Gelertner, a man whose personal story—he refused to be sidetracked by the explosion of a mail bomb sent by the Unabomber in 1993 that led to the disfigurement of his right hand and blindness in his right eye—is as inspiring as his career, is working to make computers more intuitive and user-friendly with his new Lifestreams venture. According to the Journal:
“Lifestreams, which is based on software originally developed by Mr. Gelernter and his colleagues at Yale, is set to launch in late January. It will organize computer documents, emails and other information as a narrative stream, with a look similar, for example, to the flow of CD covers in Apple‘s iTunes. Here the contents will be photos, videos, real-time chats and word documents shared within a certain group, such as a bridal party or a youth soccer league. Mr. Gelernter’s personal slogan for the company is “by humans for humans.”
Be sure to check out the full article to learn about how Gelertner came to pursue computer science as a discipline through Judaism, his stirring book Drawing Life which analogized his physical recovery to that of the nation, his impressive art career and more.
Glenn Beck spoke with Gelertner about his 2012 book America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats) to discuss his views on education. Be sure to check out their conversation.