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The I-Pad and the Information Furnace-1994

Gizmodo recently posted about an Associate Press article that ran in June 1994 in which I describe a number of things including the Information Furnace and the I-Pad. This post has been moving around in the world of iPad blogs and there are a number of comments. Rather than reply to them on the various blogs, I thought I would do that here and link to my post on a few of those blogs.
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Avram's Past / Technology

How I got the iPad right in 1994 but was wrong about the Information Furnace

Now before you think this post is all about how insightful I was, and I was, it is really about how things turned out differently than I thought and wanted. It really is about a failure to implement a vision and an exploration of the possibility that things could have ended up differently.

In that very same article (again 1994), I coined the term i-pad (see the Article). Sixteen years later, Apple announced the iPad on Jan. 27th, 2010. Coincidentally, it happened to be my 65th birthday. Continue reading

About life in the last third / Avram's Past

If I was seven year old now and had an iPad

Today, while my wife was having a tennis lesson, I waited for her in the car. During this time, I took another class on iTunes U on evolution via my iPad. When she came back, she noted how amazing it was that I could take a course along with actual Yale students. I agreed it was amazing. Then I began to think of my own youth and how I educated myself and how different it would be if I was seven years old now and had an iPad and access to the internet. Continue reading