This is a brilliant presentation, given by Bret Victor, that really highlights the moribund ‘state of the art’ of software development.

The conceit, that he’s giving his talk in 1973, looking forward at the future of software development 40 years hence, wears just a tiny bit thin. But you can’t argue that — given what was happening in the mid-70s — we have generally locked ourselves into a specific and sub-optimal model of development.

You also can’t argue that a lot of what we take for granted now has it’s roots almost 45 years in the past. if you doubt that, check this out: “The Mother of All Demos” from Dec 8, 1968:

Next time you’re feeling a little proud of that site you built, consider for a minute what these guys did with stone tablets and chisels.