Angel \”Java\” Lopez on Blog

September 3, 2009

The mother of all Demos

Filed under: Computer History, Interface — ajlopez @ 10:39 am

Last year, I wrote about this subject, but in Spanish:

http://msmvps.com/blogs/lopez/archive/2008/06/02/la-madre-de-todas-las-demos.aspx

The history is related in more detail at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_of_All_Demos

The Mother of All Demos is a name given retrospectively to Douglas Engelbart’s December 9, 1968 demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference (FJCC) at the Convention Center in San Francisco, in which a number of experimental technologies that have since become commonplace were presented. The demo featured the first computer mouse the public had ever seen, as well as introducing interactive text, video conferencing, teleconferencing, email, and hypertext.

Yesterday, in a private email list, I received this list of videos. Enjoy! Info by bigkif:

On December 9, 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart and the group of 17 researchers working with him in the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA, presented a 90-minute live public demonstration of the online system, NLS, they had been working on since 1962. The public presentation was a session in the of the Fall Joint Computer Conference held at the Convention Center in San Francisco, and it was attended by about 1,000 computer professionals. This was the public debut of the computer mouse.

But it was not only the mouse:

But the mouse was only one of many innovations demonstrated that day, including hypertext, object addressing and dynamic file linking, as well as shared-screen collaboration involving two persons at different sites communicating over a network with audio and video interface.

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