XEROX parc and the dawn of the computer age.
Except from ” The Dealers of Lightning – XEROX Parc and the Dawn of the Computer Age”
context: recruiting the best mind in computer development in 1969 for Xerox new research center. The main “trend” in computer development in those days was “time sharing” systems.
Page 79, chapter 5
“But one man was way ahead of them all. That one had written a doctoral thesis at Utah (University) describing an idealized interactive computer called the FLEX machine. He had experimented with powerful displays and with computers networked in intricate configurations. On page after page of his dissertation he lamented the inability of the world’s existing hardware to realize his dreams of an interactive personal computer. He set before science to challenge to build the machine he imagined, one with enough power to outrace your senses of sight and hearing, enough capacity to store thousands of pages, poems, letters, recipes, recors, drawings, animations, musical scores and anything else you would like to remember and change.
To Taylor (Xerox manager looking for talents) he was a soulmate and a profound thinker, capable of seeing a computer future far beyond anything even he could imagine. Among the computer scientist familiar with his ideas, half thought he was a crackpot and the other half a visionnary. his name was Alan Kay.”