Alan Kay

Fast Company:

That pièce de résistance—which included overlapping windows, a desktop metaphor, icons, and a pointer—was largely the brainchild of Alan Kay. Decades before Steve Jobs popularized the idea of “the intersection of technology and the liberal arts,” Kay lived it: he was (and is) a computer scientist, professional musician, designer, educator, and artist all in one. Kay thrived in PARC’s blue-sky R&D environment; he occupied similar littoral zones between art and tech at Apple’s Advanced Technology Group, Disney’s Imagineering division, and HP’s Advanced Software Research Team.

If you ever ask me what my life goal is, I’ll point at Alan Kay’s life story and say “that.”


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