“Probably the most dangerous phrase that anyone could use in the world today is that dreadful one: 'But we've always done it that way.'" - Grace Hopper
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was one of the pioneers of the modern computer. Rear Admiral Hopper’s quote above is the embodiment of innovators who create something completely new by thinking from first principles - the method of evaluating and defining your underlying concepts and assumptions instead of repackaging old ideas built on unquestioned assumptions. Hopper was a true innovator who believed in the power of change. In an interview on 60 minutes, Hopper noticed people were afraid of what computers could mean to society, just as they were once afraid of telephones, and just as they once thought gaslight was safe but electric light wasn’t. It’s important to understand that new technology will always make some fearful, but taking risks and creating new things has been making the world a better place for a long time now. Read more about Grace on our blog.