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Alan Kay

The best way to predict the future is toit.
Alan Kay future
[] is just a fabulous place for that, because it's a place where you don't have to be a Ph.D. or anything else. It's a place where you can still be an artisan. People are willing to pay you if you're any good at all, and you have plenty of time for screwing around.
Alan Kay time
People who are really serious aboutshould make their own hardware.
Alan Kay war
A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points. Perspective is worth 80 IQ points. Point of view is worth 80 IQ points
Alan Kay change
is anything that wasn't around when you were born.
Alan Kay you
I don't know how many of you have ever met , but you probably know that arrogance inis measured in nano-Dijkstras.'
Alan Kay man
Actually I made up the term "", and I can tell you I did not havein mind.
Alan Kay mind
If you don't fail at least 90 percent of the time, you're not aiming high enough.
Alan Kay time
By the time I got to school, I had already read a couple hundred books. I knew in the first grade that they were lying to me because I had already been exposed to other points of view. School is basically about one point of view — the one the teacher has or the textbooks have.
Alan Kay books
Simple things should be simple, complex things should be possible.
Alan Kay possible
... greatest singleever designed. (Aboutprogramming language)
Alan Kay language
Theis not laid out on a track. It is something that we can decide, and to the extent that we do not violate any known laws of the universe, we can probably make it work the way that we want to.
Alan Kay work
I finally understood that the half page of code on the bottom of page 13 of the Lisp 1.5 manual was Lisp in itself. These were “Maxwell’s Equations of Software!”
Alan Kay war
Mosttoday is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves.
Alan Kay integrity
is another example of filling a tiny, short-term need, and then being a real problem in the longer term. Basically, a lot of the problems that computing has had in the last 25 years comes from systems where the designers were trying to fix some short-term thing and didn’t think about whether the idea would scale if it were adopted. There should be a half-life on software so old software just melts away over 10 or 15 years.
Alan Kay life
Basic would never have surfaced because there was always a language better than Basic for that purpose. That language was Joss, which predated Basic and was beautiful. But Basic happened to be on a GE timesharing system that was done by Dartmouth, and when GE decided to franchise that, it started spreading Basic around just because it was there, not because it had any intrinsic merits whatsoever.
Alan Kay time
spread out much, much faster than educating unsophisticated people can happen. In the last 25 years or so, we actually got something like a pop culture, similar to what happened when television came on the scene and some of its inventors thought it would be a way of gettingto the masses. But they forgot that you have to be more sophisticated and have more perspective to understand Shakespeare. What television was able to do was to capture people as they were. So I think the lack of a realtoday, and the lack of realtoday, is partly due to this pop culture.
Alan Kay art
Sun Microsystems had the right people to makeinto a first-class language, and I believe it was the Sun marketing people who rushed the thing out before it should have gotten out.
Alan Kay people
If the pros at Sun had had a chance to fix , the world would be a much more pleasant place. This is not secret knowledge. It’s just secret to this pop culture.
Alan Kay knowledge
I fear —as far as I can tell— that most undergraduate degrees inthese days are basicallyvocational training. I’ve heard complaints from even mighty Stanford University with its illustrious faculty that basically the undergraduate computer science program is little more than Java certification.
Alan Kay science
Most creativity is a transition from one context into another where things are more surprising. There’s an element of surprise, and especially in science, there is often laughter that goes along with the “Aha.” Art also has this element. Our job is to remind us that there are more contexts than the one that we’re in — the one that we think is reality.
Alan Kay science
I hired finishers because I’m a good starter and a poor finisher.
Alan Kay art
The flip side of the coin was that even good programmers and language designers tended to do terrible extensions when they were in the heat of programming, because design is something that is best done slowly and carefully.
Alan Kay language
However, I am no big fan of Smalltalk either, even though it compares very favourably with most programming systems today (I don’t like any of them, and I don’t think any of them are suitable for the real programming problems of today, whether for systems or for end-users).
Alan Kay problems
Possibly the only real object-oriented system in working order. (About Internet)
Alan Kay work
Thewas done so well that most people think of it as a natural resource like the Pacific Ocean, rather than something that was man-made. When was the last time a technology with a scale like that was so error-free? The Web, in comparison, is a joke. The Web was done by amateurs.
Alan Kay time
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Alan Kay future

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