Computer scientist pioneer Alan Kay quotes - Wikiquote
Oce Eeco stashed this in Science People
"If you don't fail at least 90 percent of the time, you're not aiming high enough."
"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."
"Simple things should be simple, complex things should be possible."
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it"
"The future is 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."
"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."
"The Internet was 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 Curtis Kay (born 17 May 1940) is an American computer scientist known for his early pioneering work on object-oriented programming and windowing graphical user interface design. "http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Alan_Kay
" The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private and public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope that are linked by a broad array of electronic and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries a vast array of information resources and services, most notably the inter-linked hypertext documents of the World Wide Web (WWW) and the infrastructure to support electronic mail. "
Many things we take for granted now were pioneered by Kay and his colleagues.
"The Internet was done so well that most people think of it as a natural resource like the Pacific Ocean, rather than something that was man-made."
It's amazing that the Internet has only existed for 45 years. Look what effect it has on people.
I think the Web is the real thing that has an effect on people. Of course there's no Web without the Internet.
But the Internet is science and technology.
The Web is how Humanity conquered this new territory.
And The Web is just getting started. There's so much more Web to make!
Need moar SPIDERBROS!
He's a bit harsh with the web one, is he jelly? : P
A little. His main beef with the web is that it's more complicated than it needs to be.
Maybe the power of html5 will make it more homogeneous so less complicated?
That's certainly my hope!