Times Most Influential People

Hilarious example of computer grading feedback. I should like to see an automated grader one day, especially for CS courses.

In other news, the Time 100 most influential people of the world is out: which of the following people have influenced your life?

(this is my list)

1. Elon Musk – I use paypal all the time. It is a great, secure system although you do have to know some tricks to avoid paying the levies imposed for funds transfer. Because of him we no longer have to transmit our credit card numbers all around the web.
2. Kevin Systrom – Not a user of instagram, but I have enjoyed many instragram photos on facebook due to him. It is a great notion – sharing beautiful moments with other people (ignoring all the cynics/misanthropes who claim that people instagramming their perfect life just lead to more people disliking them.
3. Christina Aguilera – Soundtrack to a childhood in the 90s when you were all of 12 and your favorite station was 98.7FM. I still recall the two leading ladies of that era in English pop was Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. It’s amazing the staying power she has till today.
4. Steven Spielberg – I love his movies, although not so much the action ones but the ones with quirkier themes – Catch me if you can, The Terminal, A.I., etc.
5. Jonathan Ive – lead designer of the iPad Mini (along with the whole range of apple products)
6. Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller – Founders of Coursera which provides Dan Boneh’s famous cryptography course. (Is Daphne Hungarian???)
7. Marissa Mayer – Designer of the Google home page, Yahoo CEO.
8. Justin Timberlake – Leading man of N ‘sync. Also part of the soundtrack of a childhood in the 90s. I actually bought an N sync CD when I was like 12. Was never particularly charmed by him though he had a good voice.

Have heard of many of the rest although they have not really appeared in my life in any way. Most of the influential people influence people in developing countries – which makes their influence only target a smaller demographic but go a longer way (e.g. curing HIV in kids, fighting for democracy in Myanmar, etc.) compared to those who influence a huge pool of people but solve first world problems.

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