Xerox PARC: Glimpse the future of Internet of Things (IoT)

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A discussion on IoT, big data, and other topics with the CEO of PARC, one of Silicon Valley’s most respected centers of innovation.

By for Beyond IT Failure –

The Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, which most people refer to as Xerox PARC, is one of the most fabled institutions in Silicon Valley. Founded in 1970, Xerox PARC is the birthplace of innovations such as (from Wikipedia):

  • Laser printers
    Stephen Hoover, CEO, Xerox PARC
    Stephen Hoover, CEO, Xerox PARC (image courtesy cxotalk.com) Computer-generated bitmap graphics
  • The graphical user interface, featuring windows and icons, operated with a mouse
  • The WYSIWYG text editor
  • Interpress, a resolution-independent graphical page-description language and the precursor to PostScript
  • Ethernet as a local-area computer network
  • Fully formed object-oriented programming in the Smalltalk programming language and integrated development environment.
  • Model-view-controller software architecture

PARC is also where Steve Jobs and early Apple engineers took inspirationfor aspects of the Macintosh computer.

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