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An alternate future where boot-to-BASIC microcomputers---and in particular, the BBC Micro---drove nearly all the consumer technology development through the '90s and early '00s. By today, instead of getting your phone's attention with "Hey Siri," you'd summon your pocket computer's voice assistant with "OK Micro,"

I think ultimately the Apple Lisa model---of documents handled by many invisible programs providing underlying tool sets--would be the prevailing paradigm. (Subtly distinct from the UNIX model where calling a program by name is the primary way of interacting with data)

@vy Though at least the development lineage persists, from Acorn's earlier days, through the BBC Micro's successor, and ultimately, in the processor architecture developed by the very same people, especially Sophie Wilson.

@porsupah Oh, I didn't know that Acorn was connected to that! Super cool!

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