Via that techno-tabloid Slashdot, comes another article about Alan Kay, this time on Fortune.
I love these quotes:
"We're running on fumes technologically today," he (Alan Kay) says. "The sad truth is that 20 years or so of commercialization have almost completely missed the point of what personal computing is about."and
today's PC is too dedicated to replicating earlier tools, like ink and paper. "[The PC] has a slightly better erase function but it isn't as nice to look at as a printed thing. The chances that in the last week or year or month you've used the computer to simulate some interesting idea is zero—but that's what it's for."If you want to hear more about how uninspiring things are today, watch that video about Croquet that I linked to last week. Alan is very disapointed in the lack of progress in computer science today. He even bemoans that no one in computer science today has any understanding of its history. Too many times things are being invented without even realizing that similar ground has been already covered, oftentimes, better. As others have commented about the video, it's very depressing.