Last Lecturer Dies
Some of you may have heard of Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture. He was a professor of computer science and human computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, although that doesn’t begin to describe who he was. Last year he was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer and last September, gave his last lecture at CMU. It’s about how important childhood dreams are and how important achieving them is. It’s a very moving lecture that gives a prescription for how to live life. Yesterday morning, he passed away at his home in Virginia. Besides being an all-around awesome guy, he did extensive, cool work with virtual reality, partnering with everyone from Disney’s Imagineers to Electronic Arts and Activision, two of the biggest video game companies in the world. The lecture’s pretty long for an Internet video, clocking in at about an hour and 15 minutes, but it’s well worth the watch. So if you have some free time this weekend, sit back and enjoy a great lecture from a truly amazing man.