Here at UC Berkeley, the View from the Top Lecture Series featured Craig Mundie, the Chief Research and Strategy Officer of Microsoft. This lecture was of the type that makes living in Berkeley a real pleasure for me. With just the tiniest bit of effort I can hear a really intelligent, informed, enthusiastic person talk in some depth about very interesting, important and worthwhile subjects. This talk was video-recorded and will soon be on-line here at Berkeley Engineering web site.
What interested me most about this lecture wasn’t the information, which was important and future looking, but the man himself. He had a marvelous ability to take long complicated questions from the audience, and answer them in clear, and content filled, complete ways. He was a superb example of the Hamlet sanity test, and he not only answered the questions, but answered them clearly and carried them even deeper than the questioner asked for. Not off topic, as a non-sane person would do, but right on topic as a sane person should do, and furthermore developing the idea to its knowable limits as only a super-sane person is capable of doing. I have been watching for this ability and have found it in several other people who have been blogged about here: Craig Venter, Michael Marks and Cesar Millan.