We Live In Douglas Engelbart’s 1968 Vision of the Future

On 9 December 1968, Stanford Research Institute engineer Douglas Engelbart presented at a computer conference in San Francisco. Here, in what is now referred to as the “mother of all demos,” Engelbart asked “If in your office, you as an intellectual worker were supplied with a computer display, backed up by a computer that was alive for you all day, and was instantly responsible—responsive—to every action you had, how much value would you derive from that?” He then addressed video conferencing, word processing, the mouse, collaborative editing and a modern desktop-style user interface—all at a time when computers were the size of a room and there was no internet. This week, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California will honor Engelbart and his now 50-year-old vision—which you can learn more about at Ars Technica.