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CHAPTER III

The Demise of Forgetting—and Its Drivers

Gordon Bell has been called “the Frank Lloyd Wright of computers.”1 He spearheaded the development of Digital Equipment’s legendary PDP and VAX computer series, shaped the National Science Foundation’s work on networking computers across the United States—what would become the Internet—and in the mid-1990s, right when he hit retirement age, he joined Microsoft Research. Bell is very much the smart elderly engineer, with a likeable smile, boundless energy, an avuncular kindness, and thoughtful insights. The only odd thing about him is the little black box the size of a cigarette pack that hangs around his neck. It is the most obvious outward sign that Gordon Bell, in his seventies, is again ...

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