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Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Eric Smidht. Thank you very much, president Cohen I wanna start by congratulating all the graduates and I wanna specially congratulate the parents And for the parents, remember that the students will still need you and maybe now they'll listen to you, now that they've graduated And when I see computers and mobile phones And I want you to look and think about it; everybody here has a mobile phone with you and a camara, and I want you to remember that everything you touch was probably invented by computer scientists that came from Carnegie Mellon Alright... [Applause] And this, this startling and surprising statistic is actually true that in the 60's much of what we know in modern computing was invented here by giants in my field and I as a young person roughly your age worked with people who seemed much older than me in their 30's who'd come through that program, who ultimately came to develop the networks, the workstations, the personal computers, and the mobile computing that we use today I was so impressed by what Carnegie Mellon had done for computer science, that not only did I become a trustee for a while but Google now has one of its top-ranked development centers here right on campus where we have in many cases the very best graduates and employees that we can possibly get These are people who do amazing things as part of our underlying system and they occasionally do interesting things as well that you wouldn't expect They just released a product called Star Joy You take your mobile phone, turn it towards the sky and it tells you what the stars are doing Right, how neat is that? Why is Carnegie Mellon the place that is so exceptional? I think it's because the culture is a culture of getting things done It's not a purely theoretical culture It's not a purely tactical culture It's a culture that's about accomplishing things for the world and that it's true regardless of the division, the department, the college, the institute that you are part of and that you graduated from So, so when I think about you all, I think about you as the Facebook and the Google generation the first generation that really grew up with the Internet Errr... when I grew up we had Tang you have Redbull we used a programming language called Basic you'll all use Java we had VCRs that held a half an hour of video that cost $700 And you all can upload 15 hours of video into YouTube every minute We got our news from newspapers; you get yours from blogs and tweets and for all of you that don't know that's not what you hear in zoos You stood... we stood in line to buy Pang, you stay in line to buy Wheeze We just didn't tell anyone about our most embarrashing moments; You record them and post them to Facebook and YouTube everyday I am so happy that my record of my mis-achievements is not around for posterity I am looking forward to yours being there for many many years Did you know that we use mainframe computers, with 300 MB of force to go to the moon 6 times? Your iPods, 120 GB, have 500 hundred times more, just to get you to your next class OK? We thought "friend" is a noun; you think it's a verb We had phone booths; anybody's seen a phone booth recently? You have cellphones, we wore watches, took pictures with cameras, navigated with maps, and listened to transistor radios You have a cellphone... We thought that the marbles of computers and technolgy, again, largely invented here would changed the world, you agree and we are both right Why did you all go to college? To develop the kind of analytical thinking skills confronting the spin, the crazy choices of information that you'll have going forward and I would argue that you have the opportunity to be the greatest generation because right in front of you now are tools that we never had that you can take advantage of and you sit there and you say this guy must be mad and maybe that's a little true, but in front of us you say oh you know the word is falling apart we have this recession to sober with, I did some research using my favorite search engine of course and the Great Depression spread some incredible innovations Rice Crispies, Twinkies, and the beer can You'd had never gotten through college without these three things So, so good things happen in recessions Why is ubiquitous information so important? Why is it so important that we have access to all these things? It's a tremendous equalizer In our lifetimes, literally certainly in yours, if not mine essentially every human being in the planet will have access to every piece of information known on the planet This is a remarkable achievement! God knows what these people will do! and it's gonna be pretty amazing. and information serves as a check and balance on politicians you know if you were addicted which you're not gonna be because you're fine graduates of Carnegie Mellon the first thing you'd do is shut off all communications to make sure people couldn't take advantage of knowledge and overthrow you, so what you do now do now with oppressive regimes and people who do evil things is you attack them with information you get that information out there, you use the tools and technologies that all of us have worked so hard on to make the world a better place So what can we do with a vastly more powerful web? right, the web of information that comprises all of what we know you can obviously have face-to-face meetings with colleagues around the world but more importantly, we can now do dynamic translations so we can translate between languages so you can actually understand You are traveling in Mongolia and you're on a motorcycle. Many of you will do this Friday after you graduate, right? To get away and you have an accident, you can actually have a doctor consult with you around the world and they can translate and provide you with the health care that you need. These are very real wins. But most importantly you can ask Google the most important questions that bother you Like, where are my car keys after all? You know, computers are really good at remembering some things in the new world, much of this again, technology that was invented here we know where everything can be, we can find them, we can keep track of things We can make your lives more functional But you can also ask questions like: what's the solution going to be to global warming? Where is the vaccine for flu pandemics? errr.. And you thought finals was hard... Right... Think about the challenges before you So what should you do know now? It seems to me that err you should, you know, think about George Bernard Shaw who said that all progress depends on the unreasonable man, don't bother have a plan at all all that stuff about plan, throw that out It seems to me that it's all about opportunity, and make your own luck You study the most successful people, and they work hard, and they take advantage of opportunities that come that they don't know are going to happen to them You cannot plan innovation, you cannot plan invention, all you can do is try very hard to be in the right place and be ready you know, there's lots, the pace maker for example was invented 70 years, in one form or another before it was applied, it was applied to this one, one poor fella, and 25 pacemakers later he was still alive but the important part is he wouldn't have been at all had the pacemaker not been invented, you never know And life is like that. Life is... Let me quote: "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans" So live it with its fullness, and if you, if you live your life and forgo your plan you can also forgo fear. Over the... In some sense you've been penalized for making mistakes historically now you have to go out and make them, because mistakes allow you to learn, and to innovate and try new things and that's a culture of innovation that is going to create the next great opportunities for all of you as you come to run and rule the world, and the rest of us retire Err... What should you do? How should you behave? Well, do things in a group, don't do things by yourself groups are stronger, groups are faster. None of us is as smart as all of us You can use Tweeter as a form of social intelligence, and its successors as well Watson and Creek, who discovered the structure of DNA, met at a university; today they would meet on Facebook and they would find each other and they would do this amazing things, and oh, they'd say to each other: "What are you doing right now? oh... finding the secret of life, oh, then after the pub, LOL", you know? sort of... It's okey So, I would tell you that amidst all this change, some truths endure leadership and personality personality matter, we saw that from our student speaker intelligence, education and analytical reasoning matter Trust matters in a networked world; trust is your most important currency which leads me to my final question: what is the meaning of life? Correct question to ask at the university In a world where everything is remembered and kept forever the world you're graduating into, you should live for the future, and the things that you really care about don't live in the past, live in the future. And what are those things? To figure this out you need to actually turn off your computer I know this is difficult. You need to turn off your phone, you need to actually look at the people who are near you and around you and decide that it is humans who ultimately got the most important things to ask, not the other aspects You'll find out, I hope, what I believe very strongly, that people all around us of every race, color, and view point, all fundamentally want the same things They want a great and safe world, and they want prosperity and peace among all of us You will find that curiosity, enthusiasm, and passion are very contagious and I want you to show that because you have it by virtue of being here You'll find that nothing beats the holding the hand of your grandchild as he takes his first step You'll find that a mind set in its own ways, set in its ways, locked down, it's a mind and a life wasted; don't do it You'll find that the resilience in the human spirit is amazing It's what got us through World War I, World War II, and it will get us through our current challenges just fine You'll find today is the best chance you have to start being unreasonable, to demand excellence, to drive change, to make everything happen But when you do, speaking to the graduates, always remember to be nice to your parents, and true to your school. Thank you very much and congratulations [Applause]

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