Ivan Sutherland

YAY for computers!!

“the computer has been in a sense nothing but a very elaborate calculating machine, but now we are making the computer almost like a human assistant and the computer will seem to have human like intelligence”

GOOD GOD MAN! Don’t go freakin’ people out, we don’t want another Orson Wells War of the Worlds incident our hands!! (if you’re in need of a reminder about that check out this podcast Click to listen

The fear of some sort of hybrid man/machine teaching itself how we function and taking over the world
The quote above is taken from the video below which discusses software Ivan Sutherland developed in his 1963 thesis at MIT’s Lincoln Labs, “Sketchpad, A Man-Machine Graphical Communication System”, described as one of the most influential computer programs ever written.

It’s like watching the birth of Photoshop……or worse CAD..

How could someone sit down and come up with this stuff? Well when asked, “How could you possibly have done the first interactive graphics program, the first non-procedural programming language, the first object oriented software system, all in one year?” Ivan replied: “Well, I didn’t know it was hard.”

you know you pictured that too 🙂 unfortunately Ivan Sutherland actually looks like this….


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