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More than a year ago, I was contacted by a film maker on the East Coast who wanted to interview me for a short documentary on Robert Noyce and the history of Silicon Valley. I agreed and he filmed me for several hours one autumn morning, in my house and atop my water tower (I have the oldest home in the Valley). Afterward, distracted working on two books, I promptly forgot all about it.

Tonight, I suddenly discovered the finished documentary on another website. I was astonished how well it was done, and how comprehensive in its history. It also, especially in the last few minutes, it captures some of my thinking in my upcoming book The Autonomous Revolution (co-authored with Bill Davidow). I hope you find it entertaining — and a little eye-opening.

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  1. Richard Easton Member

    That’s an interesting video. I tend to be more pessimistic. The Red Chinese are an example of people who use technology for negative purposes. But the NBA players, who are experts on the US and gun violence, say China’s history is complicated so it’s all good.

    I hope that you don’t mind a personal reference. Noyce’s background is similar to my father’s. https://youtu.be/KNX11KV85nE

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    • October 13, 2019, at 8:27 AM PDT
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  2. Michael S. Malone Contributor
    Michael S. Malone

    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    That’s an interesting video. I tend to be more pessimistic. The Red Chinese are an example of people who use technology for negative purposes. But the NBA players, who are experts on the US and gun violence, say China’s history is complicated so it’s all good.

    I hope that you don’t mind a personal reference. Noyce’s background is similar to my father’s. https://youtu.be/KNX11KV85nE

    Your father had an extraordinary career. He’s something of a legend inside the tech world.

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    • October 13, 2019, at 10:46 AM PDT
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  3. tigerlily Member

    Thanks Michael. Noyce’s technical accomplishments and business acumen are, of course, incredibly impressive. However, until watching the video trailer, I did not know we had him to blame for the “open office” concept.

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    • October 14, 2019, at 5:29 AM PDT
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  4. Michael S. Malone Contributor
    Michael S. Malone

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Thanks Michael. Noyce’s technical accomplishments and business acumen are, of course, incredibly impressive. However, until watching the video trailer, I did not know we had him to blame for the “open office” concept.

    Actually, it was Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard who started the ball rolling. But they kept closed offices for executives. Noyce, Grove and Moore took the next step and moved into cubicles of their own.

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    • October 14, 2019, at 1:05 PM PDT
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