April 25, 2003
Daddy, Are We There Yet?

From Alan Kay's talk at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, the gist of which seems to be that the last twenty years of computing have been boring, and there's a lot of stuff from the 60s that's still beyond what we have today:

John McCarthy invented PDP1 interactive LISP -- a metainvention, the Maxwell's Equations of programming. Today is the 40th aniversary of the first interactive implementation by a 16-year-old Peter Deutsch. It was the first time a programming language became an operating system.

Posted by jjwiseman at April 25, 2003 10:32 AM

Will recordings be released, or is that an incentive to cough up hundreds of bucks?

Posted by: anon on April 25, 2003 09:32 PM

Alan Kay also talked at Terry Winograd's HCI class yesterday. A video of HCI talk is available at this link: http://scpd.stanford.edu/scpd/students/DAM_UI/pages/VideoList.asp?CourseInfo=CS547&URL=http://stanford-online.stanford.edu/xml/spring2003/cs547video.xml

It's about 1 1/2 hours long. He gives a similar "Daddy, are we there yet" rant begins during the Q&A period--about an hour in, I think.

Posted by: Will Fitzgerald on April 26, 2003 08:32 AM

Lisa Rein will be posting the video soon.

Posted by: Wes Felter on April 26, 2003 05:25 PM
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