Some people are making noise about Time's choice for Person of the Year. The magazine tapped Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, which caused many armchair pundits to shake their fists and assert that WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange, a runner-up for the title, deserved to be named for flipping many business and diplomatic groups on their heads.
Both Zuckerberg and Assange use technology to affect how we live. But they're not the only two who do that, of course.
Had Time focused its selections exclusively on tech types, we can think of a few who might have made the list: that Apple technician named Gray Powell who lost an iPhone 4 prototype in a bar, for example, or Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. His company, via its streaming service and innovative pricing plans, made great strides this year, while beating down competitors like Blockbuster.
On a related note, check out this CNET slideshow, which takes a look back at techies and scientists of the past who snagged the designation of Time's Person of the Year.
As for our poll, we've come up with several nominees, but you may have other ideas. If so, be sure to tell us in the comments section.