Wednesday, January 16, 13The computing universe that we take for granted began with a profound act of open source hardware. As George Dyson explains in his bookTuring’s Cathedral, John von Neumann and his colleagues at the Institute for Advanced Study put the fundamental architecture of storedprogram computers, the ancestral architecture reﬂected in all computers we use today, into the public domain, declining to seek any patents.This was an act of radical idealism. But it wasn’t “political” in the sense that “free software” came to be seen in the 1980s. It was really allabout the sense that this technology was too important, too fundamental for one organization to try to wring proprietary advantage out of it.For computing to reach its full, world-changing potential, it had to be available for everyone to build on. That’s the spirit with which the OpenCompute Project also operates.