In 2016, the world got a little bit smaller as we said goodbye to many of the tech industry’s founders. Yet those innovators left behind legacies and technology that brought us all closer — whether it’s the Internet we use daily, digital artwork that inspires us or a futuristic vision we still strive to realize. They were scientists, astronauts, artists and code-breakers; some connected the world, while others flew beyond it. Here are 18 men and women whose contributions to IT and society will be long remembered.
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