Douglas Engelbart and the Dawn of Interactive Computing: SRI’s 1968

The Mother of All Demos

The revolution of Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Paul Allen, etc., which gave Microsoft and Apple and later to Amazon, Google, and Facebook all the power they still have, is approaching a new phase: quantum computing. We are moving quickly to the IV Information Revolution. Those that preceded it, were: Mainframe computers, Personal computers, and the Internet.

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SRI International
Published on Dec 11, 2008

On December 9, 1968, Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart and the Augmentation Research Center (ARC) at Stanford Research Institute staged a 90-minute public multimedia demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. It was the world debut of personal and interactive computing: for the first time, the public saw a computer mouse, which controlled a networked computer system to demonstrate hypertext linking, real-time text editing, multiple windows with flexible view control, cathode display tubes, and shared-screen teleconferencing. The 1968 demo presaged many of the technologies we use today, from personal computing to social networking.

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