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How ironic.

All these are "slogans" aimed at lightning up broken minds.

And "we" resonate with them i.e. we really have broken minds.

Taking this talk seriously means getting together, working hard at making computer science a... science. Finding problems worth solving not solving problems we can solve (or worse, that we do not/should not have).

How hard it is to do that with broken, insulting, narrow minded (autistic to some degree) and violent minds (think of high priests of lower cults)?

The fact that these ideas did not take off (or wrongly: Java, "modern" GUI that initially targeted 8yo children, iPad which is a lying Dynabook) makes you wonder: despite the obvious and useful function that computation could satisfy, i.e. infusing the most powerful ideas into young children & advancing these ideas: What in the world is holding us back? Can we break loose?




Well that is the default state of human affairs in general. Even Kay mentions that he was in a funk and hearing these great ideas from others and then putting them into slogans is what helped him repair part of his brain damage. Inventing the future is hard work, not everyone is cut out for it.

I don't think having a negative spin on having a buggy brain is the constructive approach. Avoiding the pop science is really the key point Alan Kay keeps going back to. Learn from the elders, there is much wisdom in the history of computing.


> "I don't think having a negative spin on having a buggy brain is the constructive approach."

I disagree. Having a "negative spin" is precisely what we need. We mostly do not even understand that we are stuck in a "Pink plane" (see Alan Kay videos for Pink|Blue plane definitions). Result: stagnation with more or less identical "paradigms" (see [1]) for more than 50 years (FORTRAN?).

Computing can do much better than Facebook or Google... where is my Dynabook?

[1]: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/concepts-techniques-and-model...




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