Tech Visionaries and LSD: Turn On, Tune In, Geek Out

While some of the technology industry's brightest minds were inventing the first PCs and developing groundbreaking software, they were also feeding their heads with LSD. Here's a look at nine tech visionaries who's mind-blowing adventures on acid have forever influenced the direction and ethos of the computer industry.

Steve Jobs

In an interview with John Markoff for Markoff's book, What the Doormouse Said, about the counterculture's influence on Silicon Valley, the Apple co-founder confided that "taking LSD was one of the two or three most important things he had done in his life." During that interview, Jobs intimated that the trippy graphics that early iTunes players produced in synch with music reminded him of his youthful psychedelic experiences. Jobs' openness about his drug use prompted Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who first synthesized LSD in 1938, to ask him to help fund a study of LSD-assisted psychotherapy. Jobs reportedly never funded any of the research.