article featured imageDouglas Engelbart in a Flow of Inspirations OIINEWS | Dec 10, 2021 | Bill Dutton “The mouse was one concrete invention that arose from his Augmented Human Intelligence Research Center [...] where he and a small group of colleagues began developing the NLS, [pioneering] the use of computing to complement human intelligence, what he called “augmented intelligence” rather than artificial intelligence (AI)." While Engelbart was in part inspired by Vannevar Bush through his article ‘As We May Think’, Engelbart in turn inspired others, such as Ted Nelson of Hypertext and Xanadu fame.

article featured image75 Years of Innovation: Computer Vision SRI | Dec 7, 2021 | Staff Writers “SRI International has contributed to the blurring of the boundaries between humans and computers [...] From the humble computer mouse to augmented reality and computer vision, SRI has made computing more human, more compelling, and widened the scope of its use for the good of humanity.” From the series 75 years of innovation at SRI International

article featured imageAdvent of Computing - Podcast 2021 Sean Haas | 2021 | Sean Haas “Advent of Computing, the podcast that talks about the shocking, intriguing, and all too often relevant history of computing. A lot of little things we take for granted today have rich stories behind their creation, in each episode we will learn how older tech has led to our modern world.” This two-part podcast on Doug Engelbart's oN-Line System (NLS) details the evolution of the world's first personal, interactive, collaborative, hypermedia, networked system that was featured in the now famous 'Mother of All Demos'. Could use some fact-checking, but largely well researched, with great insight, well told!
Check out NLS: Part 1 | NLS: Part 2 | The Engelbart Audio Collection

article featured imageEngelbart: Collective intelligence and IQ Plan B | Nov 20, 2021 | Donald Clark “He also put forward an early and full vision of collective intelligence and the idea of collective IQ. He envisioned much of this before the advent of the internet but foresaw the importance of networked knowledge and the networked organisation.” See Also: Extended Minds Interview | Post this is Part Of

article featured imageMeta’s sci-fi haptic glove prototype lets you feel VR objects using air pockets The Verge | Nov 16, 2021 | Adi Robertson A new sci-fi interface for the metaverse - "Doug Engelbart and Xerox PARC are the only time that fundamentally the way we interact with the digital world has ever changed,” Abrash says — referring to [inventions] that helped set the course of modern personal computing.”

article featured image"The Rise of Social Media" — Ponderings from a 3-Credit Course A Q&A with Gardner Campbell Campus Technology | Oct 11, 2021 | Mary Grush Exploring the history, trends, and perhaps even the future of what we now call social media. [...] You don't have to look far to see how early ideas of computing from Vannevar Bush in the 1940s led to what Doug Engelbart tried to do in his famous 1968 demo and throughout his career with the augmenting intellect conceptual framework, and how both of those led to Tim Berners-Lee as he was thinking about design principles of the Web...

article featured imageImprovement communities Roblog | Aug 7, 2021 | Rob Miller “Improving the way we improve is a collective effort with exponential rewards. But why have so few industries embraced it?” See companion article Collective IQ and Continuous Improvement

article featured imageCollective IQ and Continuous Improvement Roblog | Jul 4, 2021 | Rob Miller “How do you harness the collective intelligence of a group, solve difficult problems, and share what you learn?” An excellent distillation and synthesis of Doug Engelbart's driving vision for navigating accelerating change. See companion article Improvement communities

article featured imageHow Humans Think When They Think As Part of a Group Wired | Jun 15, 2021 | Annie Murphy Paul “The fancy word for it is "entitativity," and it’s produced when people act and feel together in close proximity. We need it more, but we’re getting it less.” Not an Engelbart article, but it's right up our alley.

article featured imageHow to Think Outside Your Brain NY Times | Jun 11, 2021 | Annie Murphy Paul “Our culture insists that the brain is the sole locus of thinking. Ms. Paul challenges us to rethink what we think about thinking. Our bodies, our social networks and our surroundings, she argues, are “extra-neural” inputs that have a profound influence on cognition." This article is a prelude to her new book The Extended Mind. Her work aligns brilliantly with Doug Engelbart's concepts of augmented intellect and collective IQ. Related Articles Appearing In: Washington Post | Author's Website

article featured imageThe Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain Mariner Books | 2021 | Annie Murphy Paul “A bold new book reveals how we can tap the intelligence that exists beyond our brains—in our bodies, our surroundings, and our relationships.” Although this book does not include or reference Doug Engelbart's work, it is quite relevant.

article featured imageInnovation Monitor — Inventor Edition: Douglas Engelbart and interactive computing
NYC Media Lab | Apr 30, 2021 | Erica Matsumoto
“The invention of the mouse was less about a handheld device and more about the way a great inventor envisioned a future of interactive computing. Douglas Engelbart strongly believed in a future where machines helped humans be better — why he called his lab the Augmentation Research Center. [...] As our interfaces to computers have continued to evolve — from the mouse, to multi-gesture trackpads, to extended reality (XR) navigation — take a moment to remember how The Mother of All Demos helped usher in this age of interactivity...”

article featured imageThe first commercial computer mouse shipped 40 years ago today digitaltrends | Apr 27, 2021 | Luke Dormehl “The mouse was actually invented in the 1960s by Doug Engelbart and Bill English at SRI International’s Augmentation Research Center. It was shown off for the first time at a December 1968 demonstration that would put the most packed Apple keynote to shame. Along with the mouse, Engelbart demoed windows, hypertext, computer graphics, videoconferencing, word processing, collaborative real-time editing, and much more. In the history books, the event has come to be known as the 'Mother of All Demos.'”

article featured imageEngelbart Alumnus Bill Paxton: An Accidental Astrophysicist UCSB Current | Mar 15, 2021 | Harrison Tasoff “The American Astronomical Society honors [Engelbart alumnus Bill Paxton] an unlikely astrophysics leader from UC Santa Barbara” ... "While working at the Stanford Research Institute in 1968, he participated in what was later dubbed The Mother of All Demos, during which researcher Douglas Engelbart previewed many features that would become staples of personal computing." Watch Paxton with Engelbart in 1968 Demo | More about the Demo

article featured imageWe need a humanitarian vision for AI and robotics City A.M. | Mar 9, 2021 | Tej Kohli “Back in 1962, Doug Engelbart hypothesized that the future of our race lay not in replacing humans but in augmenting them...”

article featured imageAugmenting the Learning Dialogue Online Campus Technology | Mar 8, 2021 | Mary Grush A Q&A with Gardner Campbell “We've heard a lot lately about moving the remote learning experience farther away from a training model and closer to a collaborative learning model in which students participate together in the co-creation or discovery of knowledge. As far back as the 1960s, alongside the work of Doug Engelbart, people have dreamed about ways to augment the knowledge worker, the researcher, the scholar, the faculty, and the student... Today, a conversation about how to do that ”

article featured imageWhy it’s a mistake to bet against Silicon Valley MIT Technology Review | Feb 24, 2021 | John Markoff “The latest wave of tech companies quitting California may have mistaken what makes it a center of innovation. [...] like Doug Engelbart's hypertext and mouse, Alan Kay's Dynabook”

article featured image1969: Building the oN-Line System Web Dev History | Feb 2, 2021 | Richard MacManus “The December 1968 demo had established Engelbart’s credentials as a rock star in the computer industry." Just under a year later, in December 1969, his group at the Stanford Research Institute presented a sequel to the demo, and became one of the first two nodes on the ARPANET — the forerunner of today’s Internet.” See also Engelbart's 1969 Demo Sequel at

article featured imageDouglas Engelbart, the Man Who Taught Us to Talk to Machines
BBVA Open Mind | Jan 28, 2021 | Javier Yanes
“his self-confessed life’s goal: nothing less than to harness the full power of the human intellect to solve the world’s great problems and make it a better place”

article featured imageInformation: A Historical Companion Princeton University Press | 2021 | Ed. Blair, Duguid, Goeing, and Grafton This book offers a "landmark history that traces the creation, management, and sharing of information through six centuries”​​ - exploring how information has shaped and been shaped by human society, offering views of history through the lens of information, and views of information through the lens of history. Find Doug Engelbart on pages 249, 252, 256, 266-268. See also: Table of Contents & Index | Book Review | Book on Amazon

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