My friend JCO sent me this note:
I first got to hear Randy Pausch speak when he presented his paper at a conference in 1991 titled “Virtual Reality on Five Dollars a Day.” I thought it was the best talk I heard at the conference.He doesn’t disappoint in this talk he gave last Tuesday and it’s a keeper.Nothing technical, all-inspirational, and could very well be his last. Set aside some time, sit down and watch this video. It’s worth your time.If you’re short of time the actual lecture starts somewhere around the 8-minute mark and goes on for about an hour.
There are two background articles here, but they give away the two plot twists at the end of the talk, so I suggest you watch the video first.Schools such as Stanford and the University of Alabama have mounted “Last Lecture Series,” in which top professors are asked to think deeply about what matters to them and to give hypothetical final talks. For the audience, the question to be mulled is this: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? …At Carnegie Mellon, however, Dr. Pausch’s speech was more than just an academic exercise. The 46-year-old father of three has pancreatic cancer and expects to live for just a few months. His lecture, using images on a giant screen, turned out to be a rollicking and riveting journey through the lessons of his life.
Randy Pausch, a 46-year-old Carnegie Mellon computer science professor, gave his last lecture this week, and it’s getting a lot of attention. He talked to Diane Sawyer today on “Good Morning America” about the inspirational talk. (ABC News)