Ode to Ada Lovelace
Limor Fried on being inspired by the work of famous mathematician, Ada Lovelace.
LIMOR FRIED: So Ada Lovelace-- she was the daughter of this famous poet, Lord Byron. This was before computers existed, but the theory of computation was being discussed. People had this idea that maybe we would have machines that would do computation.
And so what she worked on was, how can you take a machine that maybe did one task-- like, for example, a weaving machine-- and generalize it so it's not just weaving fabric, but maybe it's weaving any fabric. Or maybe it's computing, you know, trajectories for the military. Now we use technology to sequence human DNA to detect disease. So that idea of creating a reprogrammable machine-- she's one of the first people who kind of came up with this idea.