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Danny Hillis remembers Richard Feynman at TEDxCaltech

by Austin Brown on March 21st, 02011

At a TEDx event at Caltech in January, the theme was Feynman’s Vision: The Next 50 Years:

TEDxCaltech was an unprecedented event that brought together innovators, explorers, teachers and learners for an exhilarating day of collaboration, conversation and celebration. We assembled a group of inventive thinkers and creative artists who are pushing the boundaries of their own disciplines. Throughout the day they introduced groundbreaking new ideas, shared inspired stories and gave us a glimpse at the technology of the future. Inspired by Caltech’s own Richard Feynman, Nobel laureate, iconoclast and visionary, the day was an exciting and entertaining intellectual adventure!

At the event, Long Now co-founder Danny Hillis, who worked with Dr. Feynman while developing The Connection Machine, reminisced about becoming friends with the famously eccentric professor and relayed a conversation they had shortly before Dr. Feynman passed away. (Also see Hillis’ essay on this story)