Program for the Future (video, about 80 minutes) where Alan Kay and Andy van Dam discuss Doug Engelbart's ideas in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the mother of all demos
(I picked this up from mark miller's site: Tales of inventing the future)
This video is very good, hard hitting analysis about how great visions can be spoiled, that we could have done better. Everyone knows that Engelbart invented the mouse but his broader vision has been largely forgotten. Engelbart is present and is treated with great respect and affection by both speakers.
Some of the ideas mentioned here, briefly. Try to make time to view the whole thing for some high level, stimulating discussion. I'd like to transcribe some sections but am too pushed for time at the moment.
The need to remain focused on the high level goals: augmentation of human intellect (Engelbart) and human-computer symbiosis (Licklider)
It's difficult to capture and summarise group wisdom, more needs to be done. Google searches are crude.
Putting training wheels on bikes diminishes the efficiency of a bike. Computer systems are like that today, keeping users at a baby level (at 32 minutes)
We are wedged today in the way computers are designed both conceptually and technically. We might as well burn the whole thing and start again.
Pop culture is to be incurious about the past and the future
A big problem with the web is that the browser removed WYSIWIG functionality. Hardly anyone complained.
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