Wow, automatic spelling correctors suck, especially early in the morning ....
The only really good -- and reasonably accurate -- book about the history of
Lick, ARPA-IPTO (no "D", that is when things went bad), and Xerox PARC is
"Dream Machines" by Mitchell Waldrop.
> From: Alan Kay <alan.n...@yahoo.com>
>To: Fundamentals of New Computing <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 5:53 AM
>Subject: Re: [fonc] 90% glue code
>The only really good -- and reasonable accurate -- book about the history of
>Lick, ARPA-IPTO (no "D", that is went things went bad), and Xerox PARC is
>"Dream Machines" by Mitchel Waldrop.
>> From: Miles Fidelman <mfidel...@meetinghouse.net>
>>To: Fundamentals of New Computing <email@example.com>
>>Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 5:45 AM
>>Subject: Re: [fonc] 90% glue code
>>Casey Ransberger wrote:
>>> This Licklider guy is interesting. CS + psych = cool.
>>A lot more than cool. Lick was the guy who:
>>- MIT Professor
>>- pioneered timesharing (bought the first production PDP-1 for BBN) and AI
>>work at BBN
>>- served as the initial Program Manager at DARPA/IPTO (the folks who funded
>>- Director of Project MAC at MIT for a while
>>- wrote some really seminal papers - "Man-Computer Symbiosis"is write up
>>there with Vannevar Bush's "As We May Think"
>>/It seems reasonable to envision, for a time 10 or 15 years hence, a
>>'thinking center' that will incorporate the functions of present-day
>>libraries together with anticipated advances in information storage and
>>/The picture readily enlarges itself into a network of such centers,
>>connected to one another by wide-band communication lines and to individual
>>users by leased-wire services. In such a system, the speed of the
computers would be balanced, and the cost of the gigantic memories and the
sophisticated programs would be divided by the number of users./
>>- J.C.R. Licklider, Man-Computer Symbiosis
>>- perhaps the earliest conception of the Internet:
>>In a 1963 memo to "Members and Affiliates of the Intergalactic Computer
>>Network," Licklider theorized that a computer network could help researchers
>>share information and even enable people with common interests to interact
>>Outside the community he kept a very low profile. One of the greats.
>>-- In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
>>In practice, there is. .... Yogi
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