A Tribute on this Anniversary December 9, 2009Posted by Christina Engelbart in Collective IQ, Historic.
Tags: Collective IQ, mother of all demos, tribute
Today marks the 41st anniversary of what is now known as the Mother of All Demos. On December 9th, 1968 at 3:45pm PT, my father Doug Engelbart and his research team at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) used the 90 minutes allotted for his speech at the Fall Joint Computer Conference to demonstrate their work live. This demo is now famous for dazzling the crowd with a whole new paradigm for computing, sparking the personal and interactive computing revolutions, the information age, etc. See selected footage of the demo on the SRI Mother of All Demos page.
In spite of the ensuing explosion of technology, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg of the vision my father was unveiling for accelerating efforts to augment human potential to solve the challenging problems we increasingly face in our lives, our communities, our organizations, our societies, our governments, and our planet. It’s this vision at the crux of all his dazzling innovative breakthroughs that is the most powerful and seminal of all his innovations.
This blog is dedicated to you, dad, and your half century of brilliant work, and to the furtherance of your vision in ways that will match or even exceed your wildest dreams, to elevate the global Collective IQ to the highest levels achievable.
For story and background, video footage, panel discussions of original participants, and more, see also on our website: