A former staff member nominates a new acquisition by the MIT Museum: "First share of stock for Symbolics Inc. Spun out of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the company built LISP machines and software, offering the cutting edge of the cutting edge in object-oriented software. Its Symbolics Graphics division created astonishing early tools for digital video, including a package that evolved into animation software for the Lord of the Rings movies.
"Symbolics created and commercialized a major new software platform. Its story also demonstrated how quickly this can happen, and also how quickly technologies and products can become obsolete...."