People who live in basement laboratories, subsidized by by unknowing or unwitting patrons, who pursue knowledge for its own sake. That knowledge brings power is a given and each individual answers to his/her own soul whether the power is over one's self or others. Through manipulation of matter and content, hackers free the spirit from the bonds of the physical world.
Not for the sake of money or fame, (although on occasion that too can occur, as an accidental by-product of the search) like their predecessors, hackers leave a legacy composed of abstruse formulae, brilliant and esoteric in their own right. Laboring alone or in small groups, hackers forge anew a connection with the "other" space, the place within that for most people can only be glimpsed in dream or at best reproduced by someone else in a movie or a game.