Past Meetup

Personal Dynamic Media

This Meetup is past

11 people went

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Xerox PARC in the 1970s was a legendary hothouse of innovation, producing such technological marvels as the laser printer, Ethernet, "object-oriented programming" (as a coherent paradigm)... and the world's first GUI workstation: the Xerox Alto.

The vision which led to the Alto is most fully laid out in the 1977 magazine article "Personal Dynamic Media", which describes the "interim Dynabook", a prototype laptop. The article captures a moment of rapid evolution in how humans interact with computers, describing nascent forms of many now-ubiquitous GUI applications, anticipating the PC revolution of the 1980s -- and offering insight into what made PARC so special and how we might replicate aspects of the PARC environment today.

Personal Dynamic Media ( by Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg.

Presented by Marvin Humphrey.

Street parking on 6th, 7th & 8th Avenues north of B Street is usually easy at that hour. Meters nearby are free after 6. Read signage before you park on A street.

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