Nicholas Negroponte was a co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology at MIT. Nicholas is a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. Conceived in 1980, the Media Laboratory opened its doors in 1985. He is also the author of the 1995 bestseller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than forty languages. In the private sector, Nicholas serves on the Board of Directors for Motorola, Inc. and as a general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than thirty companies, including Wired magazine.
In a recent press interview, he famously stated, It's an education project, not a laptop project.