Atari Research began in 1982 when Alan Kay was named Chief Scientist.
Its initial charter was to look 5-10 years ahead at the future of
computing, particularly for everyone and everyday life. Of particular
interest was learning more about powerful, inexpensive, easy to
use computers small enough to carry around (an absurd idea at the
time). Alan coined this vision "Dynabook" a decade earlier.
In 1983, Bob Stein, an Atari researcher, hired
a 12 year old to carry around a portable audio recorder with
him for a week, to record every question that came to mind. The
idea was that we often ponder more questions that we think we do,
and that collecting such questions would provide clues into how
to design the Dynabooks of the future. Bob selected a Palo Alto
boy with Stanford professor parents. The Ifugao Question Journal
was an attempt to complement and
challenge Bob's data.
"Art (and" or versus)
Technology: Some Personal Observations," in Art@Science,
Christa Sommerer, editor, Vienna and NY: Springer Press, 1997
"The Question Machine," Whole Earth Review, no. 65,
"Saving the First World," Send Magazine, San Francisco
International Video Festival, 1984