Curry On
July 16-17th, 2018

Way, Way Back To The Future
Alan Kay
Viewpoints Research Institute


Newton said that if he had seen further than others it was because he was standing on the shoulders of giants. By contrast, much of the history of computing since 1980 seems to be computerists standing on each other’s toes! 60 years ago, one of our most brilliant and far reaching giants had a number of deep ideas that were of vital importance then, and are even more vitally important today.


Alan was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is best known for his pioneering work on object-oriented programming and windowing graphical user interface design. He is the president of the Viewpoints Research Institute, and an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also on the advisory board of TTI/Vanguard. Until mid-2005, he was a senior fellow at HP Labs, a visiting professor at Kyoto University, and an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Kay is also a former professional jazz guitarist, composer, and theatrical designer, and an amateur classical pipe organist.