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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kwan_e
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2007-02-18

"You can't criticize the [class of] device for being under the control of its designer[s]."

I can, and I will continue to. I shudder to think where we'd be if desktop PC platforms had been shipped with ipad-like restrictions against indy developers and users. If you take openness for granted, or keep apologizing for those who take it away, then pretty soon we'll all loose it.


Then your criticisms are irrelevant, because I can pretty well argue we already have had Dynabooks in the form of PCs and laptops. They have the power and the openness. That leaves your criticism only applicable to a certain form factor and thus largely superficial.

Really then, I was right before that we've already surpassed Alan Kay's vision because general purpose computers do more than a Dynabook does.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

kwan_e,

"Then your criticisms are irrelevant, because I can pretty well argue we already have had Dynabooks in the form of PCs and laptops. They have the power and the openness. That leaves your criticism only applicable to a certain form factor and thus largely superficial."

This logic doesn't make any sense at all. Just because desktop computers are able to run almost anything we want, it doesn't follow that tablets should not.

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kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

kwan_e,

"Then your criticisms are irrelevant, because I can pretty well argue we already have had Dynabooks in the form of PCs and laptops. They have the power and the openness. That leaves your criticism only applicable to a certain form factor and thus largely superficial."

This logic doesn't make any sense at all. Just because desktop computers are able to run almost anything we want, it doesn't follow that tablets should not.


What is the purpose of Dynabook?

For symmetric consumption and production.

Do we have that capability today?

Yes.

We have achieved the goal. You can't get more logical than that.

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