17February2019

The Mother of All Demos, presented by Douglas Engelbart (1968)

“The Mother of All Demos” is a name given retrospectively to Douglas Engelbart’s December 9, 1968, demonstration of experimental computer technologies that are now commonplace. The live demonstration featured the introduction of the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, bootstrapping, and a collaborative real-time editor.

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 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.

Same above video given 9 short versions:

(1/9) http://youtube.com/watch?v=JfIgzSoTMOs
(2/9) http://youtube.com/watch?v=a11JDLBXtPQ
(3/9) http://youtube.com/watch?v=61oMy7Tr-bM
(4/9) http://youtube.com/watch?v=fNXLK78ZaFo
(5/9) http://youtube.com/watch?v=7zz1SwCTCEE
(6/9) http://youtube.com/watch?v=6dVNxlLYTsQ
(7/9) http://youtube.com/watch?v=XiJA7_Sw9aM
(8/9) http://youtube.com/watch?v=EI8LZKW5Lwk
(9/9) http://youtube.com/watch?v=VYDg2wr2QfI

See also the Stanford Mousesite  http://sloan.stanford.edu/MouseSite/ for the complete annotated version of the demo and background, as well as the Doug Engelbart Institute http://www.dougengelbart.org/firsts/dougs-1968-demo.html for more great resources.

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