Bret Victor: an interface designer, computer scientist, and electrical engineer. Worked at Apple 2007–2011. Considered a modern pioneer of human-computer interaction advancement.
“the mythical mind-bike” is a fictional book title, a double reference, referring to two concepts:
1) The “Mythical Man-Month”, an IRL book with the central theme of, “Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.” This is somewhat similar to “too many cooks in the kitchen.”
2) A quote by Steve Jobs referring to computers as a bicycle for the mind. It reads as follows,
“I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. And, humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing, about a third of the way down the list. It was not too proud a showing for the crown of creation. So, that didn’t look so good. But, then somebody at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And, a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts.
And that’s what a computer is to me. What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”
The iPhone displays the software update screen for iOS 10.2, Apple’s most recent update for the phone.
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