Danny Hillis

(William Daniel "Danny" Hillis)

Danny Hillis
Danny Hillis
  • Born: September 25, 1956
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Scientist & Inventor

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William Daniel "Danny" Hillis is an American inventor, entrepreneur, scientist, and writer who is particularly known for his work in computer science. He is best known as the founder of Thinking Machines Corporation, a parallel supercomputer manufacturer, and subsequently was a fellow at Walt Disney Imagineering. More recently, Hillis co-founded Applied Minds, the technology R&D think-tank.

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A human body is a conversation going on, both within the cells and between the cells, and they're telling each other to grow and to die; when you're sick, something's gone wrong with that conversation.
If transportation technology was moving along as fast as microprocessor technology, then the day after tomorrow I would be able to get in a taxi cab and be in Tokyo in 30 seconds. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In almost every technology area that we're ahead in, we're ahead in because the United States leads the world in computers. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
People are mostly focused on defending the computers on the Internet, and there's been surprisingly little attention to defending the Internet itself as a communications medium. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
So why don't people like this idea? Why isn't it taken more seriously? And there are some very good reasons for that. A lot of people really don't think we should be talking about this at all .... And the reason is that they're concerned that if people imagine there's some easy way out, that we won't give up our addiction to fossil fuels. And I do worry about that. I think it's actually a serious problem. But there's also, I think, a deeper problem, which is: nobody likes the idea of messing with the entire earth -- I certainly don't. I love this planet, I really do. And I don't want to mess with it. But we're already changing our atmosphere, we're already messing with it. And so I think it makes sense for us to look for ways to mitigate that impact. And we need to do research to do that. We need to understand the science behind that. Environment & Environmentalism ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Your genome knows much more about your medical history than you do. History ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine