Rob Read

When did you do your tour of duty?


What are you doing now?

Establishing Public Invention, a non-profit to make open-source hardware inventions freely available to the whole world.

What would someone be surprised to know about you?

I speak Esperanto fluently.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

Well, beyond my son and my daughter, I would say my long essay “How to Be a Programmer” which has been translated into multiple languages.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of joining the PIF program?

Do it.

If you couldn't be a PIF, what would you want to be?

A Public Inventor? A Gadgeteer?

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would you meet and what one question would you ask them?

I would ask Buckminster Fuller how I could be more like him.

What do you do when you aren't changing the world?

Study math.

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