Alan Kay – Normal Considered Harmful

Alan Kay is an iconoclast in the history of personal computing. He worked at Apple, Xerox PARC and Atari. He was part of Apple’s R&D team up until 1984. He has challenged the direction of personal computing and is the father of object orientated programming – which is the foundation of many modern programming and web development languages.

Kay’s presentation on computing given in 2009 is well worth a watch to get a macro view of the state-of-play in computing. It is interesting how many new ideas are actually old and how the skills of computer programming in some ways has gone backwards.