Monday, January 30, 2012

Kay

A slide accompanying Brian Newman's talk this evening at the panel on transmedia storytelling at UnionDocs quoted computer scientist Alan Kay:

The best way to predict the future is to invent it

Mr Newman pronounced Mr Kay's name to rhyme with sky, not stay.

It made me think of so many other names that look one way and are pronounced another--Kean, Deas--or simply words that people pronounce differently, such as Pulitzer, Judaism, Nabokov.

Another UnionDocs panelist, game designer Nick Fortugno, was introduced as if his name is spelled Fortuno and rhymes with uno , (not giugno).

It's interesting that most of the general public in America knows who Steve Jobs is. Fewer people know who Steve Wozniak is. I wonder how many people on the street know who Alan Kay is and where he fits in the picture.

I like Mr Kay's acknowledgment in this 1972 document titled "A Personal Computer for Children of All Ages."

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