José Manuel del Río Founder, AISoy Robotics, Spain
►My first computer
I’ve been passionate about technology ever since my father gave me an MSX computer. Starting from drawing a single line on a green monitor, I became a computer engineer specialising in artificial intelligence. I want to use today’s technology to provide children with a new learning experience.
This sci-fi book by Orson Scott Card, together with the videogame Civilisation, has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration on how technology and strategy can help people live in society.
Jeremy Luterbacher Chemical engineer, EPFL, Switzerland
►Guns, Germs and Steel
Jared Diamond’s powerful book illustrates how careful scientific study and rational thought can destroy primitive racist ideas about differences. It explains how geographical and biological advantages led Europe to develop complex societies.
This painter collected a tremendous number of photographs and images to build his own artwork. This has reinforced my belief that creative genius always involves a lot of work; it’s not just an instantaneous spark, as is often portrayed in popular culture.