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6 Unsung Heroes of Modern Technology

From the great Alan Turing to the lesser known Tony Fadell, there are many brilliant minds lurking behind today's technology. We've put together a few of our favourite unsung heroes of today's tech so you can give them their dues next time you send a tweet from your smartphone or control your home's thermostat from your work tablet...

1) Alan Turing - Modern Computing

The persecuted and (eventually) pardoned Alan Turing was the great mind behind the Enigma machine and the development of computing. From the iPad to Facebook, much of the technology we use today can be traced back to Turing's genius. Mobile phones too owe their existence in part to this great man's intellect and vision. The creation of the Turing Machine is widely regarded to have been the foundation of modern theories of computation and computability. In fact, he paved the way for all of the unsung heroes we're exploring today. Turing's vision for the future was radical and before it's time during the first half of the 20th century. According to the man himself: “It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers… They would be able to converse with each other to sharpen their wits. At some stage therefore, we should have to expect the machines to take control.