Doug Engelbart

Doug’s enduring dream was to augment human intellect in order help us solve urgent, complex problems collectively.

By “augmenting human intellect” we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems.

This is important, simply because man’s problem-solving capability represents possibly the most important resource possessed by a society. The other contenders for first importance are all critically dependent for their development and use upon this resource.

AUGMENTING HUMAN INTELLECT, A Conceptual Framework. Dr. Engelbart 1962


His seminal piece of writing was his 1962 paper Augmenting Human Intellect

The 1968 Demo is available at

Doug’s 2003 Paper; Improving Our Ability to Improve

The Doug Engelbart Institute is where you can find his publications as well as other documents:

The web documentary Doug Engelbart, Fleur Klijnsma and Frode Hegland produced:

Jim Spohrer, IBM Director of Cognitive OpenTech introduced Doug’s updated vision as presented in a 2003 talk; Improving Our Ability to Improve: A Call for Investment in a New Future which is very much worth a read to get further into Doug’s mindset.



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