Thanks again to Gardner Campbell and gang for including me in his groundbreaking seminar “Awakening the Digital Imagination: A Networked Faculty Seminar” for today’s discussion based on Doug Engelbart’s 1962 seminal report Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework as a jumping off point.
The assignment for today was to read the report (abridged) in the New Media Reader textbook, which includes a fabulous 2-page intro to the article, and Janet Murray’s delightful preface Inventing the Medium.
Gardner blogged an account of our session in The Arts of Augmentation.
As promised, here is my follow-up of links I referenced, and links I would have liked to have referenced.
Re: my experience of my father’s 1968 Mother of All Demos
FYI I covered this in more detail, with more on what it was like having him for a dad, in my talk at the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1968 demo, with a sprinkling of family photos
Re: my blog on the “wibble wobble” method or
How Doug Engelbart taught kids to ride a bike (without training wheels)
Re: the Doug Engelbart Archive Collections
See the MouseSite Archive for his 1960 proposal to fund his Conceptual Framework and his 1962 letter to Vannevar Bush. See also our Archives portal page for links to archival videos, photos, papers, etc.
Re: Engelbart’s relationship with Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think”
See the Influence on Doug Engelbart section of the 1995 MIT/Brown Tribute to Vannevar Bush portal page.
Tips for blogging about Doug Engelbart and his work
You can instantly copy/paste a link directly to most any snippet of information anywhere in our dougengelbart.org website by simply right-clicking on the nearest “purple number” in the right margin to Copy Link Location. This is along the lines of the “serial numbers” Doug described in this week’s reading. Most of our web pages also include a table of contents in the left margin to make it easier to find stuff.
So for example, the two Engelbart readings for this class:
- Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework. 1962
- A Research Center for Augmenting Human Intellect. 1968
While perusing Conclusions section of the 1962 report, I copied out the following quote pasted below, then went back and right-clicked on it’s purple number to Copy Link and pasted that below with the quote, and then added the italics, quotation marks and attribution:
“First any possibility for improving the effective utilization of
the intellectual power of society’s problem solvers
warrants the most serious consideration.
This is because man’s problem-solving capability represents
possibly the most important resource possessed by a society.”
— Doug Engelbart 1962
Just think how wonderful it would be if, anywhere on the internet (blogs, wiki, email, word processor), you could reference any snippet you see by simply right-clicking on the desired item and choosing “Copy Link Location” from the menu as I did, or “Quote this text”, and it would copy the snippet, in quotes, with author and date, with the link pointing directly to that item in the source document? This is just one of the many unfulfilled potentials of new, maleable, permeable, unbounded media he was envisioning.
For examples of student projects about Doug Engelbart’s work
See our Student Showcase, inspired by none other than Gardner Campbell 🙂
Once again, I was honored to participate in this class discussion, and in this marvelous experiment of a walk-your-talk network of distributed faculty seminars. My appreciation extends to the NMC for all their efforts in making this “expedition” possible.
The Doug Engelbart Institute