Building a smarter computing culture in Fargo, ND
An amazing interview with Alan Kay. He continues to articulate the sorts of goals we have at with our FargoXO project and the kinds of goals digital humanists can be working towards.
The main point was for it to be able to qualitatively extend the notions of “reading, writing, sharing, publishing, etc. of ideas” literacy to include the “computer reading, writing, sharing, publishing of ideas” that is the computer’s special province.
For all media, the original intent was “symmetric authoring and consuming”.
Isn’t it crystal clear that this last and most important service is quite lacking in today’s computing for the general public? Apple with the iPad and iPhone goes even further and does not allow children to download an Etoy made by another child somewhere in the world. This could not be farther from the original intentions of the entire ARPA-IPTO/PARC community in the ’60s and ’70s.