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“Personal Dynamic” Nugget

Personal Dynamic Media is an essay written in 1977 by Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, The main idea of their essay is a machine called a Dynabook, an electronic device used for writing, drawing, editing, among other things. It reminds me of a laptop or an electronic tablet (iPad).

The nugget I chose was:

“What would happen in a world in which everyone had a
Dynabook? If such a machine were designed in a way that
any owner could mold and channel its power to his own
needs, then a new kind of medium would have been created:
a metamedium, whose content would be a wide range of
already-existing and not-yet-invented media.”

It’s interesting to read some of the essays we’ve read as a class and know to some extent, answers to questions the authors ask. We now live in the world where we have technology like the Dynabook and it’s safe to say, it’s even more advanced. While it’s unfortunate that not everyone in the world has access to such technology, the amount of people who do own tablets, laptops or smartphones is large.  Such machines can be personalized by whatever content the owner choses, which follows what Kay and Goldberg expressed when they wrote, “mold and channel its power to his own needs”. Many of these technologies are also able to be used for writing and drawing and other creative endeavors, just like the Dynabook was intended to do.

I can connect this essay to all the other essays we’ve read because Personal Dynamic Media is about using an advanced piece of technology to express creativity of the human mind. I can also connect it to my inquiry project  because the same idea is applied to 3D printing.