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)

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