I’m an unapologetic fanboy of Alan Kay. This can be problematic given that the average person has no idea who Alan is even though they benefit from his work on a daily basis. Earlier this year, Alan presented at the Demo 2014 conference, offering his reflections and insights on the relationship between invention and innovation. It’s … Continue reading Using Moore’s Law in Reverse: Alan Kay on Invention vs. Innovation
Here’s a pointer to an excellent interview with Alan Kay. As always, Alan shares some deep insights about technology innovation and the willingness to take on risk (he’s not confident in the ability of most organizations to tolerate risk no matter how small the level of funding involved). Anyone with an interest in the continuing … Continue reading Alan Kay on innovation and risk
Alan Kay is talking once again about what went wrong with the personal computer and personal computing. Here’s a pointer to a recent interview he did with CIO Insight magazine that is well worth your attention. A CIO Insight Alan Kay was recently interviewed for CIO Insight magazine’s Expert Voices feature. In this piece entitled … Continue reading Alan Kay on learning and technology
One way to get a handle on the future of work is to get to know some of those who are already there. In the recent news about layoffs at HP, several sources noted that Alan Kay is among those getting a pink slip. It struck me that Alan is a perfect embodiment of William … Continue reading Thinkers you should know – Alan Kay
Always worth seeing what Kay has to say. The slashdot thread has its moments as well. How Heraclitus would Design a Programming Language. CowboyRobot writes “Developer of Smalltalk Alan Kay has an interview on ACM Queue where he describes the history of computing and his approach to designing languages. Kay has an impressive resume (PARC, … Continue reading Alan Kay on programming language design
One of my favorite observations, which I first heard from Alan Kay, was that “point of view is worth 80 IQ points.” Now, Alan is a very clever fellow, and it’s only just occurred to me now, but Alan never specifies a sign for those IQ points. It’s just as likely that a wrong frame … Continue reading Alan Kay and Six Sigma
I’ve been a fan of Alan Kay’s for a long time. It’s nice to see that he’s starting to develop some recent visibility in the blog world. The first thing that popped up in my aggregator a while back was this comment: Clueful markets yield good products. Here’s an “aha” quote from this interview with … Continue reading Alan Kay and Emerging Technology
Congratulations indeed! I used to wish that Alan would publish more, but I finally realized that Alan’s choice was an engineer’s choice to build stuff because it was interesting and not worry about where the credit fell. Nice to know that nice guys practicing old fashioned ways can still win after all. Congratulations Alan!. Congratulations … Continue reading Congratulations Alan!
The intersection of two key dimensions of how we think offers an interesting insight into the path from new idea to successful innovation. Alan Kay discusses them in a talk he gave last year at Demo 2014 called “The Future Doesn’t Have to Be Incremental.” It’s an excellent use of your time, if you’re prepared … Continue reading Problem-finding on the Path from Invention to Adoption
[Cross posted at FASTforward] The phrase “technology for us” has been kicking around in my head for the past several months. At the FASTForward ’08 conference, I took a first pass at articulating my thinking in a video interview with Jerry Michalski. Consider this my next attempt. I expect there will be more. Technology for … Continue reading Technology for us – the heart of Enterprise 2.0?