"Everyone in tech knows the legend of Xerox PARC. In the early 1970s, members of the Palo Alto Research Center invented many of the basic building blocks of modern information technology, from bitmap graphics displays and WYSIWYG text editors to laser printers and the graphical user interface (GUI).
"That pièce de résistance - which included overlapping windows, a desktop metaphor, icons, and a pointer - was largely the brainchild of Alan Kay. Decades before Steve Jobs popularized the idea of "the intersection of technology and the liberal arts," Kay lived it: he was (and is) a computer scientist, professional musician, designer, educator, and artist all in one. Kay thrived in PARC's blue-sky R&D environment; he occupied similar littoral zones between art and tech at Apple's Advanced Technology Group, Disney's Imagineering division, and HP's Advanced Software Research Team."