The Best Alan Kay quotes

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Alan Kay is a computer scientist and educator who is best known for his work in early object-oriented programming and graphical user interfaces. In the early 1970s, he developed the concept of object-oriented programming, which allows programmers to create reusable software components. This technology is now used by millions of people around the world. Additionally, Kay helped develop the first graphical user interface, which makes it easier for people to interact with computers. Thanks to his innovations, we now have PCs, smartphones, and other devices that are easy to use. Even today, Alan Kay’s work is influencing the way we design and use computers.

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About Alan Kay

birth of the author

May 17, 1940

country of the author

United States

education of the author

University Of Colorado At Boulder

knownfor of the author

Known For:
Dynabook Object-Oriented Programming Smalltalk Graphical User Interface Windows

award of the author

Acm Turing Award Kyoto Prize Charles Stark Draper Prize

occupation of the author

Computer Science

institution of the author

Xerox Parc Stanford University Atari Inc. Apple Inc. Atg Walt Disney Imagineering Ucla Kyoto University Mit Viewpoints Research Institute Hewlett-Packard Labs


Perspective is worth 80 IQ points. — Alan Kay

School is basically about one point of view–the one the teacher has or the textbooks have. They don’t like the idea of having different points of view. — Alan Kay

I made up the term ‘object–oriented,’ and I can tell you I did not have C++ in mind. — Alan Kay

It’s all about long–term, sustaining relationships. — Alan Kay

perspective is worth 80 iq points Alan Kay quote


The only way you can predict the future is to build it. — Alan Kay

We cannot predict the future, but we can invent it. — Alan Kay

Alan Kay quips, ‘The best way to predict the future is to invent it. — Satya Nadella

It’s easier to invent the future than to predict it. — Alan Kay

Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. — Alan Kay

the only way you can predict the future is to build it Alan Kay quote


The real romance is out ahead and yet to come. The computer revolution hasn’t started yet. — Alan Kay

I don’t know how many of you have ever met Dijkstra, but you probably know that arrogance in computer science is measured in nano–Dijkstras. — Alan Kay

The computer is simply an instrument whose music is ideas. — Alan Kay

The protean nature of the computer is such that it can act like a machine or like a language to be shaped and exploited. — Alan Kay

A computer scientist is a machine for converting coffee into urine. — Alan Kay

the real romance is out ahead and yet to come the computer revolution hasn t started yet Alan Kay quote

In computers, every ‘new explosion’ was set off by a software product that allowed users to program differently. — Alan Kay


Television should be the last mass communication medium to be naively designed and put into the world without a surgeon–general’s warning. — Alan Kay

Any medium powerful enough to extend man’s reach is powerful enough to topple his world. — Alan Kay

If the pros at Sun had had a chance to fix Java, the world would be a much more pleasant place. This is not secret knowledge. It’s just secret to this pop culture. — Alan Kay

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Having an intelligent secretary does not get rid of the need to read, write, and draw, etc. In a well functioning world, tools and agents are complementary. — Alan Kay

any medium powerful enough to extend man s reach is powerful enough to topple his world Alan Kay quote

Computer science inverts the normal. In normal science, you’re given a world, and your job is to find out the rules. In computer science, you give the computer the rules, and it creates the world. — Alan Kay

Humans are communications junkies. We just can’t get enough. — Alan Kay


If you don’t fail at least 90 percent of the time, you’re not aiming high enough. — Alan Kay

As far as Apple goes, it was a different company every few years from the time I joined in 1984. — Alan Kay

If you’re not failing 90% of the time, then you’re probably not working on sufficiently challenging problems. — Alan Kay

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Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower. — Alan Kay

The tree of research must be fed from time to time with the blood of bean–counters, for it is its natural manure. — Alan Kay

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