Vicarious Visions' Karthik
Photo by Mark McCarty
technology-better known as "IT"-has changed our lives.
I can remember when grandma would send a penny postcard from her
side of town to ours just to say, "I'm feeling much better now and baking raisin-filled
cookies. I hope to visit you on Thursday."
Today, my grandchildren can take digital photos of their Easter vacation
in Paris, immediately download them to their laptop, and send them off to arrive
seconds later at our home in upstate New York.
"You kids look splendid!" I reply. "We're just about to have some
breakfast! Have fun today at Versailles!"
What a small world.
But the world isn't just smaller. It's a different world. Made so
by information technology.
Rensselaer alumni make up a very large share of the pioneers and
visionaries who have been creating this IT world.
Look among the most respected creators of the microchips, computers,
algorithms, software, networks, protocols, standards, corporations, and all the
other vital components of the IT revolution and you will find a host of Rensselaer