Growing up the son of a pioneering UI faculty member had its certain advantages.
Even at age 4, David Robertson (BS ’82, computer engineering) can happily report from experience.
That picture you see is of James Robertson — he’s the one smoking the pipe — with ILLIAC II, one of the world’s first digital computers.
“In 1963, at age four, I played my first computer game on ILLIAC II,” says his son, now a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
“It was tic-tac-toe. Using a light pen, I chose my square, and ILLIAC II responded with its choice.”