Sam S. Adams
Last updated at 3:28 pm UTC on 6 October 2008
I first saw Smalltalk-80 on a Tektronix 4404 when I joined Tektronix in 1984.
It changed my life and redirected my professional career.
After a couple of years at Tektronix, I moved to North Carolina and helped found Knowledge Systems Corporation with Reed Phillips.
After about 8 years of helping advance the commercial cause of Smalltalk via tools development, education and consulting, I left KSC to join Tom Love, then a VP at IBM, to found the Object Technology Practice. This group flourished for a couple of years at the height of Smalltalk's first wave of commerical popularity. After a few more years working in various parts of IBM, I returned to IBM Research to focus on what I call "semantic processing". This project, code-named "Joshua Blue", is inteded to emulate human cognitive development and performance from roughly conception through 3 years of age. We intend this system to one day be able to pass a "Toddler Turing Test" that will demonstrate the acquisiiton and exploitation of common sense reasoning at the level of a 3 year-old child including language, cordination, planning, anticipation, emotion, and creativity.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Squeak Central and the community for returning Smalltalk to its wonderful roots as a truly personal computing environment for the future!