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 Jul 13, 2004 - 09:00 AM - by Michael
* Alan Kay on the state of Computing Today

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An interesting article on Fortune today; an article detailing an interview with computer pioneer Alan Kay, who thinks we aren't doing nearly as much as we should with computers. I can sort of see his point, too.
If business users were less shortsighted, Kay says, they would seek to create computer models of their companies and constantly simulate potential changes. But the computers most business people use today are not suited for that. That's because, he says, 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."
It makes sense really - where I work, rarely is the computer used to do something really nifty, and I work at a research-based university. So I can see where the computers in the business world don't get used creatively at all.
 

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