Tech Visionaries and LSD: Turn On, Tune In, Geek Out

9 tech visionaries who's mind-blowing adventures on acid forever influenced the computer industry.

By , CIO |  Offbeat, John Markoff, slideshow

Myron Stolaroff

A CIA agent introduced Myron Stolaroff to LSD in 1956 while Stolaroff was working as an engineer and corporate planner for Ampex, a manufacturer of tape recorders. The Stanford University grad's first experience with acid transformed him into an evangelist for the drug. In fact, he was so enamored of LSD's creative potential that he wanted Ampex to use it as part of its product development process, but his management team rejected the idea. In 1961, Stolaroff set up his own organization to study LSD. The International Foundation for Advanced Study introduced some of Silicon Valley's brightest engineers to acid.

Source: John Markoff. What the Doormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry (Penguin 2005).

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