Great Articles About Doug and the Demo

Happy 50th

See up to the minute at
Google News (“Engelbart Demo 50”)
and #thedemoat50 on Twitter
Plus Press Releases: SRI Interational and Logitech.

50 Years Later, We Still Don’t Grasp the Mother of All Demos
WIRED | Klint Finley | December 9, 2018

“To Engelbart, his work was never about the technology itself, but about helping people work together to solve the world’s biggest problems.”   READ MORE

50 years ago, Douglas Engelbart’s ‘Mother of All Demos’ changed personal technology forever
Mashable | Stewart Wolpin | December 8, 2018

“Imagine someone demonstrating a jet plane 15 years before Kitty Hawk. Imagine someone demonstrating a smartphone 15 years before the first cellular networks were even launched. Imagine someone demonstrating a controlled nuclear chain reaction 15 years before Einstein formulated e=mc2. On a crisp, overcast, and breezy Monday afternoon in San Francisco on December 9, 1968, … ”   READ MORE

Life as We Know It Turns 50
Wall Street Journal, Dec 2, 2018

“San Francisco in 1968 … rose that year’s Joint Computer Conference, where an assembly of geniuses wearing white short-sleeved shirts and pocket protectors convened 50 years ago this week. The event shined a guiding light on the path to personal computing and set the modern world in motion.”   READ MORE

Doug Engelbart

Elephant Footprint: The Vision and Impact of Douglas Engelbart
By Reid Creager for INVENTORS DIGEST, Aug 12, 2016

“At the time of his passing, Engelbart was frustrated by humans’ failure to prioritize the power of the Creative IQ. His vision was that technology would work with our infinite capacities as humans, not work independently of them.’”   READ MORE

The Demo

How the ‘mother of all demos’ changed the world
By Margaret O’Mara for GCN, Sep 27, 2018

“The zeitgeist of 1968 helps explain why Engelbart’s demo so quickly became a touchstone and inspiration for a new, enduring definition of technological empowerment. Here was a computer that didn’t override human intelligence or stomp out individuality, but instead could, as Engelbart put it, ‘augment human intellect.’”   READ MORE

In One 1968 Presentation, This Inventor Shaped Modern Computing
By Kat Eschner for SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, January 30, 2017

“Douglas Engelbart’s career was about seeing the possibilities of what computing could do for humanity.”  READ MORE

How the ‘Mother of all Demos’ Changed the World and Made Computers Personal in 1968
By Margaret O’Mara for THE WIRE, 21/SEP/2018

“The 90-minute presentation went down in Silicon Valley history as the “mother of all demos,” for it previewed a world of personal and online computing utterly different from 1968’s status quo.”  READ MORE

The 65 Best Inventions of the Past 65 Years
By Popular Mechanics Editors for Popular Mechanics, Nov 19, 2018
(#15 of 65) “1968: Integrated Computer Systems

“In a landmark December 1968 demonstration, later known as The Mother of all Demos, engineer Douglas Engelbart illustrates the use of lots of recent technologies in conjunction with each other, including: on-screen windows, hypertext, graphics, file linking, revision control, video conferencing, the computer mouse, and word processing. Both Mac and Windows user interfaces will borrow heavily from the example set here.””   READ MORE


Engelbart on Improving Improvement
By Jim Spohrer for SERVICE EDUCATION & RESEARCH, Apr 8, 2016

“Doug’s vision for improving improvement to better tackle complex, urgent problems is to many his most significant contribution.”    READ MORE

Here’s How To Master The ABCs Of Innovation
By Chunka Mui, FORBES, Jan 10, 2017

“Many companies are paying attention to immediate challenges and opportunities, including six technological disruptions that might make or break many companies. In my experience, however, too few are being innovative in how they innovate.”   READ MORE


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