[NYT] MIT/LCS's OXYGEN bid for ARPA's Expeditions $$

Robert S. Thau (rst@ai.mit.edu)
Mon, 5 Apr 1999 19:42:02 -0400 (EDT)

Rohit Khare writes:
> This is a silicon valley venture
> plan, not a thowback to the imagination of the 60's Roberts/ARPA or
> 70's PARC...

Try '90s PARC. Aside from the focus on voice and new processor
technology, which smells like it was driven more by lab politics than
by technological vision (it gives Zue and the chip guys a cut), Oxygen
seems --- going by the NYT article only, I should say --- to be a
replay of the "Ubiquitous Computing" project which PARC was promoting
heavily some time ago.

But then again, the imagination of '70s PARC has been oversold too; a
lot of the stuff they get credit for (when Apple doesn't!) was
actually warmed-over '60s Engelbart. And a lot of the *truly*
interesting stuff that was going on at MIT in the '60s had less to do
with grand technological dreaming than with the day-to-day business of
people building tools to do their jobs, and then noticing in spare
moments that no one had ever built anything like that before.

BTW, Rohit, you seem awfully grumpy lately...