• On IQ

    by  • December 22, 2007 • Hexayurt • 1 Comment

    At PARC we had a slogan: “Point of view is worth 80 IQ points.” It was based on a few things from the past like how smart you had to be in Roman times to multiply two numbers together; only geniuses did it. We haven’t gotten any smarter, we’ve just changed our representation system. We think better generally by inventing better representations; that’s something that we as computer scientists recognize as one of the main things that we try to do.

    Allan Kay at http://www.ecotopia.com/webpress/futures.htm

    This generally accords with my observation that my stuff works not because I’m smart, but because I’m weird.

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


    One Response to On IQ

    1. January 2, 2008 at 9:01 pm

      I still reckon you’re smart.

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