Success brought him from Tesla to Silicon Valley

30. 01. 2014

(25 January 2014; TV station STV 1; News RTVS; 7PM; por. 16/21; KUSÁ Dominika)

Viliam STANKAY, moderator: “There are smart people who can invent world-class innovations also in our country. We are going to present you a Slovak, who swapped a garage in Piestany for a job in Silicon Valley. Roman KIŠŠ is the creator of the first (back-then) Czechoslovak personal computer. He made it in 1981.”

Jana KOŠÍKOVÁ, moderator: “After his 40s, he moved to America, where he had been starting from the scratch. He had gradually risen to become an elite developer. He has been even rewarded ten times by the Microsoft Company.”

Dominika KUSÁ, redactor: “In the beginning of his career, Roman KIŠŠ worked in the Tesla factory in Pieštany, which he also nicknamed his garage. There he gained valuable components from other departments, which were the base for the first Czechoslovak personal computer.”

Roman KIŠŠ, creator of the personal computer: “So I put together those parts and showed the application of those components. The first application was PMI80 which stood for Pieštany Microcomputer.”

D. KUSÁ: “Its successor, computer PMD85 caused a huge excitement. Everybody wanted to own one. When Roman KIŠŠ was 42, he decided to change his life. In 1990, he left for Canada and went to the University of Toronto, where he constructed computers. As he says, he started from zero, but gained valuable references. Thanks to these, he moved to California.”

R. KIŠŠ: “So then I got to the Silicon Valley, where I worked in Visa International. I was in charge of a small team of programmers from India, who I mentored.”

D. KUSÁ: This is how he describes the development of new technologies.”

R. KIŠŠ: “Whatever you know, spread that knowledge, but never keep staying in one spot. You must always be a little bit ahead, because while the rest absorbs the knowledge you spread, you have to be working on something else and offer it.”

D. KUSÁ: “According to this developer, technologies will get smaller, the internet will be faster and…?”

R. KIŠŠ: “There won’t be ID cards, etc., instead there will be biochips. There won’t be passports, but everybody will have their own implanted chip with the passport in it.”

D. KUSÁ: “It is interesting that Mr. KIŠŠ is not using a mobile phone. He communicates only through the computer. Dominika KUSÁ, RTVS.”

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