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Future Of Technology: Inventor Of The Cellphone Looks Ahead

Evening Edition

Aired 4/15/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guest:

Martin Cooper, Inventor

Transcript

Technology has changed the way we communicate, live and learn. Many of us cannot remember a time when cellphones weren't part of our everyday lives. They've morphed from the original brick-like devices to slimmer, high-tech versions of mini computers in the palms of our hands.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first public call made from a mobile phone. A man who now calls San Diego home made that call. Martin Cooper, or Marty as he prefers to be called, has been given many honors for his work. This year, he's being given what's considered the pinnacle honor in the field of communication and information science — the 2013 Marconi Prize. The cellphone pioneer reshaped the concept of mobile communication.

Cooper, who is still an inventor, says he prefers to live for the future, not the past. He continues to work as co-founder of DYNA LLC alongside his wife, Arlene Harris. The mission of their company is to to inspire the advancement of insightful and innovative technology solutions that benefit society and other projects.

Arlene Harris is also an inventor and developed the Jitterbug phone, a phone that focuses on simplicity with senior citizens in mind.

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