Szymon Kaliski

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computation as simulation

Metaphor in User Interface Design

One of the realizations we had about computers in the 60s was that they give rise to new and more powerful forms of arguments about many important issues via dynamic simulations. That is, instead of making the fairly dry claims that can be stated in prose and mathematical equations, the computer could carry out the implications of the claims to provide a better sense of whether the claims constituted a worthwhile model of reality. And, if the general literacy of the future could include the writing of these new kinds of claims and not just the consumption (reading) of them, then we would have something like the next 50 year invention after the printing press that could very likely change human thought for the better.

— The Real Computer Revolution Hasn't Happened Yet - Alan Kay

What kind of a thinker would you become if you grew up with an active simulator connected, not just to one point of view, but to all the points of view (...) so they could be dynamically tried out and compared?

— User Interface, a Personal View - Alan Kay


  1. 2024-05-17Live-Programming Issues1
  2. 2024-04-05End-User Programming vs Programming1
  3. 2024-02-21Future Of Coding1
  4. 2024-01-01Improving Replit's Console and a Database-y Creative Coding Environment1
  5. 2023-12-03LiunonDatabase-y Creative Coding Environment1
  6. 2022-12-12Reusable Code Components for GlideResearch Prototype of End-User-Programmable UIs1
  7. 2022-10-03Strange Loop, and research at Glide1
  8. 2022-07-19Bret Victor's Thesis1
  9. 2022-07-19The Incredible Power of The Right Interface1
  10. 2022-04-04Sketching, Modeling and Programming1
  11. 2022-02-01VPL1
  12. 2022-01-18Programming as a Specific Case of a Bigger Problem2
  13. 2022-01-18Dynamic Medium1
  14. 2021-10-26Optimising for Fewer Interactions1
  15. 2021-06-28Executing Incomplete Programs and Magic Glass1
  16. 2021-06-14Cognitive Medium1

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