A Tribute on this Anniversary

Screenshot from 1968 demo

Doug Engelbart presenting “Mother of All Demos”in 1968

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.

With love,

For story and background, video footage, panel discussions of original participants, and more, see also on our website:

2 Comments on A Tribute on this Anniversary

  1. This demo took place 15 years before I was even born. By default, I often think of today’s computer mediated environment as belonging to my generation. Clearly this is not the case.

    Douglas Engerbart’s work on augmenting human capabilities inspires me and I am awestruck by his vision.


  2. Well said.
    I watched whole demo on google videos and my first reaction was OMG!

    Einstein once said that in modern world of complex knowledge we need a new way of thinking.

    Douglas Engelbart did a great deal of putting information at human fingertips.


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