article featured image55 years ago, the ‘Mother of All Demos’ foresaw modern computing
Oregon Public Broadcasting | Dec. 9, 2023 | Kami Horton
“On Dec. 9, 1968, Oregon-born engineer and inventor Douglas Engelbart hosted a computer demonstration so groundbreaking it is known today as the “Mother of All Demos. [...] Early in his career, Engelbart decided that his life’s work would focus on solving humanity’s problems. He recognized that computers could not only help with that work, but also accelerate it. [...] He envisioned computers as communication tools that could help people learn, collaborate and tackle complex problems.”

article featured imageDouglas Engelbart facts for kids
Kiddle Encyclopedia | Nov 14, 2023 | Staff
“Early in his career he decided (1) he would focus his career on making the world a better place; (2) any serious effort [in this pursuit would require harnessing] the collective human intellect of all involved; (3) if you could dramatically improve how we do that, you'd be boosting every effort on the planet to solve important problems – the sooner the better; (4) computers could be the vehicle for dramatically improving this capability.”
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article featured imageDouglas Engelbart - Inventing the 21st Century
Diffusion Podcasts | Jun 19, 2023 | Ian Woolf
In this Podcast, “we look back to the man who wanted to augment human intelligence to help us work together to solve the world's most complex problems, and in doing so invented the 21st Century. How do we get smart enough to solve the really difficult problems? Douglas Engelbart said "the better we get at getting better, the faster we will get better" where our problem-solving abilities are constantly improved, and therefore so is everything we do!"
See also Avail Formats | Show Notes

article featured imageExtended Mind interview with Donald Clark
Learning Hack Podcasts | Dec 7, 2022 | Donald Clark & John Helmer
“In this episode of Great Minds on Learning, John Helmer interviews Donald Clark exploring The Extended Mind. Where do our thoughts live? And if, as some theorists contend, they do not observe physical limitations, but extends to our technology tools and physical surroundings, what are the implications for learning?” Includes Great Mind Doug Engelbart's vision on collective intelligence. See also: Episode Notes | Detail: Learning Theorists | Detail: Engelbart on Collective IQ

article featured image A Machine for Thinking: How Douglas Engelbart Predicted the Future of Computing Netguru | Jul 28, 2022 | Steven Johnson “More than 50 years ago, Douglas Engelbart gave the "Mother of All Demos" that transformed software forever. The computer world has been catching up with his vision ever since.” See Also: About the Hidden Heroes Series

article featured imageThe Public Debut of a Dream
CNI | Jul 22, 2022 | Gardner Campbell
“Doug Engelbart’s “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework” 60 Years On: In October, 1962, Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart published a document that synthesized over a decade of research and careful thought, a document that would illuminate the work he would do for the rest of his career. 'Augmenting Human Intellect' is both a research report and a visionary manifesto for how computers and human beings could co-evolve to foster the highest levels of human flourishing. Engelbart sought to empower humanity’s capabilities to address its most complex problems, and he saw networked computing as an essential part of that capability...”

article featured imageWhy The Metaverse Must Be Deeply Human-Centric Forbes | Jun 14, 2022 | Forrester Key Takeaways From 13th annual Augmented World Expo (AWE)- including “Most people involved in creating the foundations of XR are motivated by a perspective that at its core is humane and driven to help others, not just further the interests of those who design the systems [...] citing UX pioneer Doug Engelbart’s vision of computers that steer human experiences toward 'how the world should work.'”

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 imageHuman Movements in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Springer | 2022 | Cezary Biele New book “Shows what can be learned from movements of the human body, from face, hand, leg, and foot to the whole body movement Discusses these human-centric issues in the development, design, analysis, and implementation of the HCI systems” Engelbart’s research covered in two chapters - see TOC | Part of series on Computational Intelligence | More at Historic Firsts: Personal & Interactive at

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 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 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 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 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 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

article featured imageThe Click Heard around the World
The Henry Ford Blog | Dec 9, 2020 | Kristen Gallerneaux
“On December 9, 1968, Douglas Engelbart of the Stanford Research Institute hosted a session at the Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco in which he used the first computer mouse to sweep through a demonstration that became the blueprint for modern computing.”
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article featured imageA Case for Cooperation Between Machines and Humans NY Times | May 21, 2020 | John Markoff “A computer scientist argues that the quest for fully automated robots is misguided, perhaps even dangerous. [...] The distinction first appeared in two computer science laboratories that were created in 1962 near Stanford University. John McCarthy, [who] coined the term 'artificial intelligence,' [and] Douglas Engelbart, [who] coined the term 'intelligence augmentation,' or I.A.”

article featured image75 Years of Innovation: The Computer Mouse SRI | May 7, 2020 | Staff Writers “A major development in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) driving the advent of more accessible and controllable consumer computers. [...] Engelbart was a visionary. He saw a world where human evolution tracked technological advances and vice versa — the two intrinsically linked and working in synchronicity.” From the series 75 years of innovation at SRI International

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