Alan C. Kay, redraws our perspective in this small introduction to the computer revolution. He points out every important, mayor shift instance, where the printing press was being adopted. The long stretches of time that it took for humans to develop more innovative technologies and ways of thinking. I want to hope that Moore’s law is also taking part in our advancement in computer literacy. I wonder what the comparative ratio between the literacy rate was at the cusp of the printing press. Would this equate to the number of programmers today? First, Kay makes an excellent point that in a way refutes his comparison to the printing press, why are we still thinking of the computer as a new form of printing press?
During the video talk, he points out that there are 2 ways of looking at new technologies, as far of possibilities: to automate the old or to leverage the new. The printing press-computer analogy is the prefect reference to this process. Do we continue to see the computer as an automated printing press, or what are the new things a computer brings that should be leveraged?