Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 21:06 UTC
In the News "Kay says that some gadgets with superficial Dynabook-like qualities, such as the iPad, have not only failed to realize the Dynabook dream, but have in some senses betrayed it. That's one of the points he makes in this interview, conducted by computer historian David Greelish, proprietor of the Classic Computing Blog and organizer of this month's Vintage Computer Festival Southeast in Atlanta (the Festival will feature a pop-up Apple museum featuring Xerox's groundbreaking Alto workstation, which Kay worked on, as well as devices which deeply reflected his influence, including the Lisa, the original Macintosh and the Newton). Kay and Greelish also discuss Kay's experiences at some of the big outfits where he's worked, including Xerox's fabled PARC labs, Apple, Disney and HP. Today, Kay continues his research about children and technology at his own organization, the Viewpoints Research Institute." A great interview with this legendary man.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

kwan_e,

"Normal people wouldn't have used Dynabook in the way Alan Kay imagined either. They'd probably use it the same way as they do an iPad."

Nobody anywhere produces as much as they consume, some would still produce very little by choice, and that's ok. The problem with respect to the ipad is that apple has taken form of a dictator. That's a nasty turn in computing, and that's what Alan is criticizing.

Edited 2013-04-03 16:34 UTC

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