Attention conservation notice: bitter rant about the sorry state of computing.In this wonderful interview, physicist Carver Mead blasts the Copenhagen clan for their approach to quantum physics.
It's conceptual nonsense. You can calculate stuff with the theory, but the words people put around it don't make any sense. ... Once we lose the conceptual foundations, the whole thing becomes a shell game. There are very few conceptual workers left in the field.Apple's original masterpiece, the 1984 Macintosh was a highly conceptual work.
It turned computers from beeping boxes with green-on-black screens to instruments the rest of us could use, to create art, music, graphics, etc. A complete sea change.
The classic Mac introduced a whole system of concepts in an
So, the Apple is rotten, and until they once again commit to conceptual development, this dirty old logo will hang upside down here.
(I won't even comment on the iPhone, which would be silly, except to weep a single bitter, loving tear for the Newton OS, the only significant conceptual work since 1984.)
That brings us to... Wave
The Initech references in Wave's documentation need to be taken seriously.
I have a history of criticizing Wave, but only because it is the most blatant example of conceptual nonsense to come out of the windy streets of Silicon Valley in a long time, and that's saying something.
Wave's conceptual contribution is zero. The only thing distinguishing Wave from previous systems is that you can see characters as they are typed. Yeah baby!
To end this rant on a more positive note, here are some concepts and systems that I'd like to see evolved and taken further:
- hyperlinks and making them more accessible (e.g. hashtags)
- wiki namespaces (the real innovation behind wikis)
- extensible key-value metadata on everything (SuperTweets)
- object-oriented drawings, like Newton did
- web pipes
- 2D barcodes
- content-centric networking
- a kind of 9P for the web
- ... your concepts here