Computer pioneer Alan Kay says the iPad has “been dumbed down so far it’s distressing”

March 29, 2013
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Computer pioneer Alan Kay says the iPad has "been dumbed down so far it’s distressing"

Apple’s iPad may get outsold by Android tablets this year; according to mobile computing pioneer Alan Kay, the iPad isn’t even that impressive. Kay recently spoke at a Churchill Club event in Silicon Valley and shared his thoughts on Apple’s tablet. Here are a few of his choice words:

“The iPad’s been dumbed down so far it’s distressing. And Microsoft of course followed suit with its interface.”

Kay claims the iPad is an anti-personal computer and not only is difficult, but doesn’t allow for symmetric creation. Instead of personal computers being designed “as a place where people are going to spend a lot of time and different people can exist there”, their design is based on marketing and the most number of devices being sold to the largest number of people.

Kay has a vast experience working with mobile computing devices dating back to the 1970s when he worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) which developed the first graphical user interface and personal computer. It was from there that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates got their ideas for what would become the two largest operating systems on the planet, Windows and Mac OS.

When it comes to true innovation in the tech industry, Kay believes it’s been lacking over the past 30 years to the point of being mundane. There is much room for debate in that area and although many manufacturers are just meeting the status quo, devices like the OUYA seem to push the boundaries.

What do you think?

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