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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Aneddotica Magazine — Collaborative Blog since Is current technology improving or harming the social skills of children and especially teens? Si sigues navegando consideramos que aceptas su uso. This greatly inspired Kay’s evolving views on objects and programming. I have been asked versions of this question for the last twenty years or so.

Papert, a great influence on Kay, was creating computer systems for children to use creatively on the other side of the United States, at MIT.

The research paper describes a device Kay dubbed the Dynabook, a notebook sized device with functionality remarkably similar to what the iPad would eventually go on to become. As far as Apple goes, it was a different company every few years from the time I joined in There was Steve [Jobs] — an aaln force — and then there was no Steve.

Alan Kay has some choice criticisms about the iPad

Suppose the display panel covers the full extent of the notebook surface. But the whole system has to rise above our genetic approaches to being social to much more principled methods in order to make social thinking work.

The first working prototype of Dynabook was built almost 20 years after creating the concept see the nearby image.

Also the kind of business a company is in often affects its style though marketing and finance people are rather similar no matter what a company is doing. His thoughts about an intimate personal computer were mostly of a service nature—that is, how could and should it act as an amplifier for human, especially child, endeavors?


We need your help to survive! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Or will these types of computers always use this type of interface for the foreseeable future? We use first and third-party’s cookies to improve your experience and our services.

The active interface should be a language whish uses linguistics concepts not far removed from the owner of the device. Do our modern personal computing devices augment education?

But the only way to find out is to set up a national effort and hang in there with top people. The Dynabook’s original illustration in Alan C. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Have they lived up to what was foreseen in the past? Do you see this changing anytime soon? 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. Some texts or images included in this blog are taken from the internet and therefore they considered public domain; if their publication smash any copyright, please notify us by email. Alan Kay is an American Computer Scientist. Alessandro Mauceri – Nov 16, In a well functioning world, tools and dynavook are complementary.

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And this is pretty much what is happening. There is the desire of a consumer society to have no learning curves.

While designing FLEX machine Vynabook had believed that end user needed to be able to program before computer could become truly theirs—but here was a real demonstration, and with children! Kay, in case you’re unfamiliar with his work, is a Turing Award winner who played an integral role in the development of object-oriented programming.

He can use his Dynabook as a terminal when at work or as a connection to the library system when in school. That has not been the case for 30 years or so. How they deal with these issues is somewhat different. 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.


The gamble did not pay off; the device was neither practical nor versatile. One would hope that it would be both medium for containing and expressing arbitrary symbolic notions, and also a collection of useful tools for manipulating these structures, with ways to add new tools to the repertoire I suggest you look at his version.

We can contrast this with technologies that do have learning curves, but pay off well and allow users to become experts for example, musical instruments, writing, bicycles, etc. With Scott Forstall now out of the Apple mix, perhaps that leaves the door open for Kay to return to Apple and really dynwbook things up.

Kay also took issue with the iPad’s user interface, calling it “very poor in a myriad of ways. We did a few more of these concept videos for John after the success of the KN video.

Are they really helping teachers teach in the classroom? It means no group can come up with a good decision and make it stick just because it is a good idea. Apple with the iPad and iPhone goes even further and does not allow children to download an Etoy made by alaan child somewhere in the world.

I had many grazing encounters with the Newton this was a very complicated project and politics on all fronts. This in spite of pioneers such as Seymour Papert explaining both in general and quite a bit specifically just what it is and how it can revolutionize education.