In his 1976 “Open letter to hobbyists,” Bill Gates, not yet a billionaire nor a philanthropist, accuses early IT developers, geeks, and freaks, who dislike passwords, to ”steal” and to “prevent good software from being written”. (2)
Free or proprietary software, the IT community splits in two.
On one side, the Free Software movement, a libertarian community of developers, inspired by Richard Stallman, opposes the logic of profit and paves the way to Linux:computers for the people.
On the other side, the commercial exploitation of Windows takes computers to the masses.
At that time, Artificial Intelligence is more popular in the cyber-punk literature than in the business community, which is not that interested in beating humans at chess.