Inventor of the integrated circuit, Jack Kilby dead at 81
If Edison and Ford were the the greatest inventors and influencers of the turn of the 20th century... then surely Jack Kilby was probably the most influential person of the late 21st century and for time immemorial...on our way of life.
And besides... I never heard of anyone having problems with any appliances or stereos back then anyway.
Nor me, that was sort of a tongue-and-cheek comment on the gross over reaction to everything embedded that was certainly doomed to fail at the turn of the century. I don't know about you but I knew many who believed the sensationalism sold by some authors on the subject. I never could get some of them to calm down and listen to reason; we were too reliant on technology after all...so they believed.
My son's electronics kit has IC chips now; I feel sort of cheated with the one that my parents gave me.