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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RE[3]: History
by kwan_e on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 15:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: History"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

So was the World Wide Web not the Memex when it first started out. And then it evolved and became better than probably what Vannevar Bush had imagined.

Or are we really arguing that today's technology is at it's peak and will never ever ever get better?

As much as I don't personally care for tablets, it's obvious that today's state of affairs is not forever.

Furthermore, if you read the article, the lament is about the policy limitations of the devices, NOT the technical capability.

His dream was about symmetric production and consumption of all forms of media. The roadblock is not the technology.

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RE[4]: History
by Alfman on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 16:20 in reply to "RE[3]: History"
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2011-01-28

kwan_e,

"Or are we really arguing that today's technology is at it's peak and will never ever ever get better?"

"Furthermore, if you read the article, the lament is about the policy limitations of the devices, NOT the technical capability."

Is this directed at me? I don't understand what you read into my post, aren't we saying the same thing? The technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, the shortcoming of these modern platforms is when they try to impose DRM which tells owners what they can and cannot do with the devices they buy.


"His dream was about symmetric production and consumption of all forms of media. The roadblock is not the technology."

I'm not sure why you thought I'd disagree, but no matter. I had never heard of Alan Kay, it's interesting that we share so many common thoughts. I think his answers were right on.

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