Beyond the Last Computer
by Philip Emeagwali
He won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, the Nobel prize of supercomputing.
“One day, the Internet will become our shared planet-sized supercomputer and individuals will become nodes on the Internet and the Internet, as we know it, will become obsolete and “disappear” into our collective memory,” he said.
I felt the hard, cold steel of a gun against the back of my head. I spun around and saw my assailant’s finger shaking on the trigger: “Don’t run or I’ll shoot you,” he said. I was just 14 years old, and death was a stranger to me….. ”