The modern world is full of tech giants, so deciding who the most influential one is can be a tad tricky. After all, we all use technology every day, and it’s important to note that there are many different brains behind it.
Those individuals push the human race forward. With enhanced technological advancement in the 22nd century, we’ve seen innovators who have been able to create new ways to interact with others, new ways to travel, and new ways to access professional help. Below is a list of the top five most influential names in modern technology.
1. Elon Musk
Born in South Africa in 1971, Elon Musk spent his childhood there where he developed an interest in computers. In South Africa, Musk learned the basics of programming and sold his first-ever software at the age of 12. Since then, he’s developed numerous companies focusing on ways to revolutionize transportation on Earth and in space.
As a tech leader, Elon’s true influence has created an impact on the thoughts of those within and outside the tech spectrum. He’s the brain behind dozens of giant companies including Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Tesla Motors. Some of his undertakings include electric cars, residential solar power, and space rockets.
2. Bill Gates
Bill Gates isn’t a strange name in the tech sphere. Through Microsoft as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has leveraged the power of technology to create a reputable influence on the world.
Without Microsoft, there would be no rapid internet growth over the last 30 years, no Amazon, and no SalesForce. There’s no doubt everything we do today in tech is deeply rooted in Gates’ legacy, and because of that, he’s one of the most influential people in modern technology.
3. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was born in 1955 in San Francisco, California. He and his adopted father used to fix electronics in the family garage. This hobby would later lead him and his co-founder Steve Wozniak to launch the Apple computer in 1976.
Jobs and Wozniak are among a few other individuals credited with bringing out an exemplary revolution in the personal computer industry. Steve Jobs is the man who enabled us to put the world in our pockets. It is now hard to imagine a world without iPhones.
4. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg was born in White Plains, New York in 1984, where he got interested in computers at a young age. Zuckerberg continued his software development at Harvard University and, alongside his three friends, built a platform known as Facebook, which allows users to create their profiles, upload images, and communicate with others in real time.
Whether you like it or not, Zuckerberg took the social networking space by a storm. He does not only own Facebook—a giant social networking platform—but also Instagram, Oculus VR, WhatsApp, and many more. His social networking platforms allow us to receive news and share stories and videos.
5. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos is without a doubt one of the most influential tech leaders of our time. He’s revolutionized the lifestyle of every person in the world as the brain behind the Alexa smart home, which has changed how we interact with our heating systems, lights, windows, and doors.
Bezos is the CEO and founder of Amazon.com, which is the largest e-commerce retailer on the internet. Credible reports have it that Amazon’s shares alone add $6.5 billion to his net worth. The reason, partly, is that the Alexa software is a game-changer in Artificial Intelligence, and many tech giants like Spotify and Netflix depend on Amazon Web Services’ cloud computing platform.