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Lisp came out in 1958 Smalltalk came out in 1980.

Oh, hell, just watch the Mother of all demos (1968): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfIgzSoTMOs

It's not arrogant of him to think like this. It's more like Steve Jobs, circa 2006 thinking phones sucked and deciding to do something about it. Or maybe it's like Steve Ballmer thinking he could take over the phone market. I think it's too early to say for sure, but the early signs are promising.

Modern Lisp didn't came out until much later, but still, Common Lisp was out in 1984, and that's still very early, especially considering the fact that it was a response to already widespread use of Lisp languages with Lisp-like features.

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