The 50th Anniversary of Doug Engelbart's Great Demo
Augmentation Research Community
On the 9th of December 1968 Doug Engelbart ushered in the future of interactive computing, dealing lighting with both hands, at what would become known as the ‘Mother of all Demos’. This was the introduction of interactive computing, introducing many of the systems which would come to define how we work with information, including everything from word processing to the mouse.
The 9th of December 2018 will be the 50th anniversary of the demo and in anticipation of celebrating it, we ask the question: “What can it mean to augment human intellect in the 21st Century?” to which the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, adds; “could we even resurrect the capabilities he demonstrated back then?”
Meetings are planned for mid-September at the University of Southampton & 8th of December in California. Details to follow.
There will be a public event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the demo in the Bay Area in California on the 9th of December 2018. Venue & Schedule to be finalised. SAVE THE DATE! An official site for the celebrations, as a collaboration between SRI International and The Computer History Museum, is not online yet but don't forget to save the date! This website is for a group of us are working on trying to build something to see what a 21st Century Augmentation System can be like. If you want to join this effort, please feel free to get in touch. As long as it relates to Doug's work, it'll be great to work with you :-)
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew ...
... and we should at least all be able to read the flight manual and contribute to new editions of this most complex planet
with it's most complex crew