Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- Founded in Sweden in 1876, this company provides telecommunications solutions worldwide. What is its name?
- The current CEO of SumZero is acknowledged as one of the founders of Facebook since Mark Zuckerberg co-opted his website Harvard Connection in 2004. What is his name?
- Recognized as one of the first computer systems to use a mouse and a Graphic User Interface (GUI), this computer was introduced by Xerox in 1973. What was it called?
And here are the answers:
- Ericsson. As its website states, Ericsson has been part of the tech boom for a long time, “…from manufacturing some of the first telephones, to managing networks that process a big part of the world’s data, we have a long history of shaping how the world communicates.” Ericsson rode the wave of emerging telephone technology until the 1990s, when their interests turned to the internet, specifically a project called Infocom Systems. By 1996, Ericsson realized that all three of its business areas — Mobile Telephones and Terminals, Mobile Systems, and Infocom Systems — were lined up to provide tremendous success for the company in the years to come.
- Divya Narendra. Watching the movie, “The Social Network” provides one major takeaway regarding Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg in the film – Zuckerberg did not invent Facebook. Divya Narendra, played by Max Minghella in the movie, started Harvard Connection in a Harvard University dorm room in 2002. Twin brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss saw the potential in the site and joined forces with Narendra, and a year later, Zuckerberg joined their team. In 2004, Zuckerberg launched a website called “thefacebook,” basically stealing his team’s idea and making it his own. Narendra went on to sue Zuckerberg and received over $60 million in damages. He then launched SumZero, an online community for professional investors, in 2008.
- Alto. When Xerox introduced the Alto in 1973, it marked a radical leap in the evolution of how computers interact with people, leading the way to today’s computers. By making human-computer communications more intuitive and user friendly, Alto and similar systems opened computing to wide use by non-specialists, including children. Regarded as a computer for “regular folks,” its introduction of GUI was years ahead of its time. Despite being considered a “personal computer,” Alto cost over $10,000, and was therefore out of reach for most American households at the time.