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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History
by kwan_e on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 07:18 UTC
kwan_e
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2007-02-18

If history has taught us anything, it doesn't really matter if it doesn't live up to the inventor's vision.

The World Wide Web is no Memex, but it evolves and enables so much more.

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RE: History
by Savior on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 08:37 in reply to "History"
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2006-09-02

The World Wide Web is no Memex, but it evolves and enables so much more.


I think the emphasis is on the word more. As I understand, his main problem is that today's gadgets provide less, compared to what he envisioned.

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RE[2]: History
by darknexus on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 12:45 in reply to "RE: History"
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2008-07-15

I think the emphasis is on the word more. As I understand, his main problem is that today's gadgets provide less, compared to what he envisioned.

Well then, there's nothing stopping him from attempting one of his own that lives up to what he wants, if he feels that strongly about it.

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RE[2]: History
by Alfman on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 13:57 in reply to "RE: History"
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2011-01-28

Savior,

"I think the emphasis is on the word more. As I understand, his main problem is that today's gadgets provide less, compared to what he envisioned."

Insightful!

Unfortunately it's not that the state of technology isn't catching up to what he envisioned, it's much worse than that. These gadgets aim to provide less *by design*. Mobile computing technology is becoming rife with artificial policy restrictions that empower corporations to exert their control over end users and developers.

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