Interview wtth inventor of hypercard Bill Atkinson
Sean Cole (Pi)
sean at pidigital.co.uk
Fri Oct 20 16:11:50 EDT 2017
A lot of what he is talking about here is what they are now calling Machine
Learning. I didn't 'fully' understand how this worked. But a few paragraphs
from Mr Atkinson here helped me immensely. I'm all the better for it.
Thanks, Bill, on so many levels.
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On 20 October 2017 at 20:29, Alejandro Tejada via use-livecode <
use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> By the way, according to this article, we already knew
> which could be the next breakthrough in technological
> progress... but, we don't know who will pour their blood,
> sweat and tears to build and sell it to the people.
> On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 2:20 PM, Alejandro Tejada <capellan2000 at gmail.com>
> > Hi All,
> > Being English my second language, frequently I have to
> > read again (and reread some time after) many of the
> > messages that I post in the mail list and in the forum.
> > In the forum, we could simply edit, reedit and edit again
> > any message until it means what we meant... but in the
> > mail list that is not possible.
> > After reading again my message about the origin of HyperCard,
> > I found that it's easy, very easy, to understand that in my
> > message I am dismissing Bill Atkinson's breakthrough as
> > an intentional copy of previous works.
> > That was NOT my intention. If Bill Atkinson says the he
> > invented HyperCard under the effects of LSD, then we have
> > to believe him... but when you read about any topic, it's logical
> > and necessary to learn and analyze other people's opinions.
> > I already written about Walter Cooke and Paul Helckel opinions,
> > so here is my own opinion:
> > HyperCard was so successful as an innovative breakthrough
> > because it followed the natural path of technological
> > progress. Hypercard was the next step in
> > computer advancement.
> > Who is credited with the conceptual foundation of HyperText?
> > Vannevar Bush with his description of the "Memex":
> > http://www.archivejournal.net/notes/as-we-may-now-think/
> > While Vannever Bush described a mechanical device,
> > electronic engineers where already creating the foundations
> > of computer science and demonstrating that numbers could
> > represent and store texts, images and sounds:
> > http://royal.pingdom.com/2008/04/08/the-history-of-computer-
> > data-storage-in-pictures/
> > After the creation of text-only hypertext systems,
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertext
> > Which was the next logical step in technological
> > progress?
> > The creation of an Image and Text hypertext system.
> > On Macintosh, it's name was HyperCard.
> > Al
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