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Larry Tesler, Creator of Cut, Copy, & Paste, Dead at 74

Fellow readers and writers!  How often do you use the cut, copy, and paste function on your computers?  Did you know that there was someone who invented that function, something that you may use every day?  His name was Larry Tesler!  Unfortunately, a new article by BBC states that Larry has just died at 74, while detailing his accomplishments as a computer scientist.

 

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Tesler grew up in New York City and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1961.  He then went on to study computer science at Stanford University in the 1960s.  After he graduated, he worked as a consultant, offering his programming services in the area.  As this kind of work dried up, he began working at Midpeninsula Free University and Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.  Eventually, Tesler worked at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

 

 

As he worked at various centers, he began to develop the idea that computer software should be modeless, where all actions are available to a user instead of the user having to switch modes to perform specific actions on a computer.  He also began to work alongside Tim Mott, writing down ideas for the future of computer software and designing easy-to-use graphic user interfaces with icons representing documents.

 

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Tesler even worked for Apple in the 80s, working to help develop the Apple Lisa, which would soon become the first Apple Macintosh.  The cut, copy, and paste function that he invented had debuted on the first Macintosh that he was helping with.

 

 

Although Tesler is gone, his contributions as a computer scientist won’t be forgotten, and we can keep cutting, copying, and pasting things on our computers in his memory.

 

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The Theory in This UFO Book Will Blow Your Mind

UFOs.  Some of us occasionally see them.  We don’t know what they are.  We’ve only ever seen them in the sky, floating in the darkness of the night sky, almost taunting us in ways unimaginable.  What are these things, and why do we have so many accounts of people seeing them?  In his new book, Identified Flying Objects: A Multidisciplinary Scientific Approach to the UFO Phenomenon, Dr. Michael P. Masters argues that UFOs are not piloted by aliens.  Interested, yet?

 

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In his book, Masters “examines the premise that extraterrestrials may instead be our distant human descendants, using the anthropological tool of time travel to visit and study us in their own hominid evolutionary past.”

 

 

His new book goes into the detail of how it’s much more unlikely for aliens to know where we are in a universe as large as ours (looking past the Milky Way galaxy, here).  In fact, Masters states that the aliens that we think are piloting these UFOs could very well be humans!  He reasons this:

 

“We know we’re here.  We know humans exist.  We know that we’ve had a long evolutionary history on this planet.  And we know our technology is going to be more advanced in the future.  I think the simplest explanation, innately, is that it is us.  I’m just trying to offer what is likely the most parsimonious (resourceful) explanation.”

 

 

That is pretty wild.  Though it does make sense.  Human technology has come so far in just 100 years. Around 100 years ago, things like automobiles were beginning to develop, radios were rolling out, and even the television was being worked on.  Now we have flat screen TVs with flexible displays, smartphones with artificial intelligence software, right in our pockets, or even smart fridges.  Who’s to say that in another 1000 years, we won’t have personal aircraft capable of time travel?

 

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Also, what are the odds that an alien race has found humans on Earth and spying on us for years upon years?  What would they have to gain from just observing us so much?  If these aliens are in fact humans from the future, then it would make sense if these future humans are just observing a more primitive version of themselves (speaking in relation to time, of course).

 

This is all written in theory, but the arguments Masters presents are really interesting.  If you’re interested in his book, check out the Amazon link above!

 

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