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 (http://www.vpri.org/pdf/m1977001_dynamedia.pdf) by Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg.
Presented by Marvin Humphrey.
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