Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.

— Alan Kay

The most delighting Alan Kay quotes you will be delighted to read

The most disastrous thing that you can ever learn is your first programming language.

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The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

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Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do.

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

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Alan Kay quote The best way to predict the future is to

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

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I had the fortune or misfortune to learn how to read fluently starting at the age of three. So I had read maybe 150 books by the time I hit 1st grade. And I already knew that the teachers were lying to me.

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The greatest single programming language ever designed

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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.

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Alan Kay quote The best way to predict the future is to

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

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I made up the term "object-oriented," and I can tell you I did not have C++ in mind.

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Lisp isn't a language, it's a building material.

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Any company large enough to have a research lab is too large to listen to it.

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Alan Kay quote The best way to predict the future is to

The best way to predict the future is to invent it

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Technology is anything that wasn't around when you were born.

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Java and C++ make you think that the new ideas are like the old ones.

Java is the most distressing thing to hit computing since MS-DOS.

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Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and we're all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories.

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About Alan Kay

Quotes 68 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

I fear - as far as I can tell - that most undergraduate degrees in computer science these days are basically Java vocational training.

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School is basically about one point of view - the one the teacher has or the textbooks have. They don't like the idea of having different points of view.

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There is the desire of a consumer society to have no learning curves.

This tends to result in very dumbed-down products that are easy to get started on, but are generally worthless and/or debilitating.

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Sun Microsystems had the right people to make Java into a first-class language, and I believe it was the Sun marketing people who rushed the thing out before it should have gotten out.

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Television should be the last mass communication medium to be naively designed and put into the world without a surgeon-general's warning.

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The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited.

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When the Mac first came out, Newsweek asked me what I [thought] of it.

I said: Well, it's the first personal computer worth criticizing. So at the end of the presentation, Steve came up to me and said: Is the iPhone worth criticizing? And I said: Make the screen five inches by eight inches, and you'll rule the world.

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I fear - as far as I can tell - that most undergraduate degrees in computer science these days are basically Java vocational training. I've heard complaints from even mighty Stanford University with its illustrious faculty that basically the undergraduate computer science program is little more than Java certification.

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Humans are communications junkies. We just can't get enough.

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I think the trick with knowledge is to “acquire it, and forget all except the perfume” - because it is noisy and sometimes drowns out one's own “brain voices”. The perfume part is important because it will help find the knowledge again to help get to the destinations the inner urges pick.

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If the pros at Sun had had a chance to fix Java, the world would be a much more pleasant place. This is not secret knowledge. It's just secret to this pop culture.

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Simple things should be simple and complex things should be possible.

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Knowledge is silver. Outlook is gold. IQ is a lead weight.

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Having an intelligent secretary does not get rid of the need to read, write, and draw, etc. In a well functioning world, tools and agents are complementary.

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Understanding- -like civilization, happiness, music, science and a host of other great endeavors--is not a state of being, but a manner of traveling. This great road has no final destination. The journey itself is the reward.

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If you're utopian, you're never satisfied.

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Change is easy, except for the changed part.

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A new friend is new wine, when it grows old, you will enjoy drinking it.

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Artificial intelligence is what we don't know how to do yet

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The computer is simply an instrument whose music is ideas.

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The biggest problem we have as human beings is that we confuse our beliefs with reality.

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It's easier to invent the future than to predict it.

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An important technology first creates a problem and then solves it.

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The flip side of the coin was that even good programmers and language designers tended to do terrible extensions when they were in the heat of programming, because design is something that is best done slowly and carefully.

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Science requires a society because even people who are trying to be good thinkers love their own thoughts and theories - much of the debugging has to be done by others.

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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.

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Basic would never have surfaced because there was always a language better than Basic for that purpose. That language was Joss, which predated Basic and was beautiful. But Basic happened to be on a GE timesharing system that was done by Dartmouth, and when GE decided to franchise that, it started spreading Basic around just because it was there, not because it had any intrinsic merits whatsoever.

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Every technology really needs to be shipped with a special manual - not how to use it but why, when, and for what.

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Possibly the only real object-oriented system in working order. (About Internet)

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The only way you can predict the future is to build it.

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We cannot predict the future, but we can invent it.

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It's all about long-term, sustaining relationships.

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I don't know how many of you have ever met Dijkstra, but you probably know that arrogance in computer science is measured in nano-Dijkstras.

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[Computing] is just a fabulous place for that, because it's a place where you don't have to be a Ph.D. or anything else. It's a place where you can still be an artisan. People are willing to pay you if you're any good at all, and you have plenty of time for screwing around.

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In computers, every 'new explosion' was set off by a software product that allowed users to program differently.

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If you're not failing 90% of the time, then you're probably not working on sufficiently challenging problems.

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The tree of research must be fed from time to time with the blood of bean-counters, for it is its natural manure.

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