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

Stewart Brand

Long before he co-founded The Hackers Conference, The WELL (considered by many to be the first online social network) and the Global Business Network, Stewart Brand was staging acid tests with Ken Kesey and his ragtag band of Merry Pranksters. In this photo, Stewart Brand (in white jumpsuit) is pictured with Ken Kesey on Kesey's infamous International Harvester school bus. Brand, who popularized the term personal computer in his book II Cybernetics Frontiers, took his first dose of acid at the International Foundation for Advanced Study in 1962. He's also credited with the expression, "Information wants to be free."


Sources: John Markoff, What the Doormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry (Penguin 2005); Stewart Brand's Web site; NY Times

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