ALAN KAY & the Dynabook. Alan Kay is an American Computer Scientist. He is known for his pioneer work on “object-oriented programming” and in “graphical. Born in , computer scientist Alan Curtis Kay is one of a handful of Every modern portable computer reflects elements of the Dynabook. by Alan Kay. VPRI Paper In practice for the Dynabook, this required inventing better in , the year of the Dynabook idea, by Licklider and Bob Taylor (a.

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Do you agree that we now essentially have the Dynabook, as expressed in the three tiers of modern personal computing; the notebook, tablet and smartphone? Apple with the iPad and iPhone goes even further and does not allow children to download an Etoy made by another child somewhere in the world. The ambition of the creator of the first true tablet is more alive than ever.

Kay is incredibly sharp and insightful, and while he has a few bones to pick with the iPad, he shares a number of interesting perspectives on computing, education and business leadership. As far as Apple goes, it was a different company every few years from the time I joined in They will be ky removed.

Have they delivered on the promise of improving education?

Most progress in research comes when funding is wise and good. Part of the motivation for the PARC GUI came from our desire to have a universal display screen which could display anything — this led to the bitmap screen. Dynabook The Dynabook’s original illustration in Alan C.

Alan Kay: Dynabook

In a well functioning world, tools and agents are complementary. A highly respected computer scientist, Kay worked for many years at Xerox’s famed Palo Alto Research Center and also did a stint as an Apple fellow in the company’s Advanced Technology Group during the ’80s and ’90s. Alqn and during this time, he worked as a professional jazz guitarist. The Dynabook concept described what is now known as a netbook computer or, in some of its other incarnations a jay PC or slate computer with nearly eternal battery life and software aimed at giving children access to digital media.


It’s an independent platform for people, companies and associations for getting their voices heard. Part of the motivation and funding for the Dynabook project came from the need for portable military maintenance, repair, and operations allan.

And then on downhill. Having an intelligent secretary does not get rid of the need to read, write, and draw, etc.

An Interview with Computing Pioneer Alan Kay

Contact us Privacy Policy Italiano Newsletter. Alessandro Mauceri – Nov 16, Kay also took issue with the iPad’s user interface, calling it “very poor in a myriad of ways.

AI is a difficult problem, but solvable in important ways. What comments do you have on how the decentralization of computing seems to be heading back towards dynaboo with personal modern computing?

I contributed ideas from a variety of sources, including myself, Negroponte, AI, etc. Kay was later a research fellow at Apple and then at Disney.

Disney had two basic tribes, both at extremes: Or will these types of computers always use this type of interface for the foreseeable future? I suggest you look at his version. Need we add that it be usable in the woods? Quality of the air they breathe is potentially lethal for billions Xerox, Apple, Disney, HP. Has higher quality, probably better than the newsprint.

Alan Kay is actively involved in the One Laptop Per Child project that uses SmalltalkSqueak, and the concepts of a computer for learning. If we include commercialization, this took a little more than 20 years from to when the Mac appeared. That has not been the case for 30 years or so. Nowadays, there is a myriad of PCs, plus the iPad and an enormous number of tablets on the market, but for Alan Kay, vynabook we already have the technology necessary to give life to a real Dynabook, there is not yet one that meets his requirements, one with the ideal software and plan that truly brings a computer to each child.


All dynabokk companies are faced with dealing with the market and their stockholders, and the deadly three-month assessment. The Dynabook was never built, simply because it was too far ahead of technologies in the s and s. The size should be no larger than a notebook; weight less that 4 lbs. He is a computer historian, writer, podcaster and speaker.

A personal medium — flexibility and portability. John has recounted this in his book and website.

Alan Kay has some choice criticisms about the iPad

All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from June Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references. The first working prototype of Dynabook was built almost 20 years after creating the concept see the nearby image. For example, we generally want to view and edit more than one kind of scene at the same time — this could be as simple as combining pictures and text in the same glimpse, or to deal with more than one kind of task, or to dynabbook different perspectives of the same model.

It is not a tool, though it can act like many tools. What ka is a personal alzn Any keyboard arrangement one might wish can then be displayed anywhere on the surface. Latest in Alan kay.

Social thinking requires very exacting thresholds to be powerful. The software component of this research was Smalltalkdynwbook went on to have a life of its own independent of the Dynabook concept.

Children using the proposed Dynabook (based on Alan Kay drawing) – CHM Revolution

But the only way to find out is to set up a national effort and hang in there with top people. The Dynbook original illustration in Alan C. Is this not what is now known as a laptop or, more specifically, a tablet?