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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If not, what critical features do you see missing from these?

Alan Kay has some choice criticisms about the iPad

John has recounted this in his book and website. It means no group can come up with a good decision and make it stick just because it is a good idea.

The size should be no larger than a notebook; weight less that 4 lbs. A system which is usable by all ages.

Xerox, Apple, Disney, HP. Since the late s, Kay has been working on the Squeak programming system, an open source Smalltalk-based environment which could be seen as a logical continuation of the Dynabook concept. Djnabook this is pretty much what is happening. The device envisioned by Kay back in featured a display capable of displaying text and graphics, along with the ability to play several hours of audio files. Has Smalltalk, a programming language that acts as a medium for communication.

In other projects Alsn Commons. Have they lived up to what was foreseen in the past? Also the kind of business a company is in often affects its style though marketing and finance people are dynabkok similar no matter what a company is doing. They will be immediately removed.


All kidding aside, Kay’s entire interview with Time is worth a thorough read. He is a computer historian, writer, podcaster and speaker. Google aims to laan laggy interface on Chrome OS tablets. Do our modern personal computing devices augment education?

What do you think about the trend that these devices are becoming purely communication and social tools? We can contrast this with technologies that do have learning curves, but pay off wlan and allow users to become experts for example, musical instruments, writing, bicycles, etc. To call Alan Kay brilliant is an understatement.

I have been asked versions of this question for the last twenty years or so. We invented the overlapping window, icons, etc. There was Steve [Jobs] — an elemental force — and then there was no Steve. A personal medium — flexibility and portability. But the only way to find out is to set up a national effort and hang in there with top people. Ksy of the motivation and funding for the Dynabook project came from the need for portable military maintenance, kayy, and operations documentation.

Let’s remind, this concept was created as early as the end of s and beginning of s, when under “personal computer”, people recognize something like DEC PDP-8 machine see the photo bellowwardrobe-size box, which cost USD, and didn’t have any of the abovementioned features.

Though the hardware required to create a Dynabook is here today, Alan Kay still thinks the Dynabook hasn’t been invented yet, because key software and educational curricula are missing.

Alan Kay has some choice criticisms about the iPad

The software component of this research was Smalltalk, which went on to have a life of its own independent of the Dynabook concept. The KiddiComp concept, envisioned by Alan Kay in while a PhD candidate, [2] [3] and later developed and described as the Dynabook in his proposal “A personal computer for children of all ages”, [1] outlines the requirements ky a conceptual portable educational device that would offer similar functionality to that now supplied via a laptop computer or in some of its other dynwbook a tablet or slate computer with the exception of the requirement for any Dynabook device offering near eternal battery life.


Can be used for text editing, storage and manipulation of data, drawing, reading, dynbaook, compositing, calculating, et al. The perspective on this is first to ask whether the current educational practices are even using books in a powerful and educative way. Kay was later a research fellow at Apple and then at Disney.

Is current technology improving or harming the social skills of children and especially teens? Do ka see this changing anytime soon?

Dynabook, the first tablet, was born four decades ago

And so on and so forth. From around the web. 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 alann and ’90s. He can use his Dynabook as a terminal when at work or as a connection to the library system when in school.