Great quotes by Doug Engelbart and Others

Quotes by Doug Engelbart

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“The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.” — Doug Engelbart

Source: TBD

“If ease of use was the only requirement, everybody would still be riding tricycles” — Doug Engelbart

Source: Smithsonian Oral History Interview

“In 20 or 30 years, you’ll be able to hold in your hand as much computing knowledge as exists now in the whole city, or even the whole world.” — Doug Engelbart

Source: Lemelson-MIT Award Ceremony, 1997

“The key thing about all the world’s big problems is that they have to be dealt with collectively. If we don’t get collectively smarter, we’re doomed.” — Doug Engelbart, 2006

Source:  Intelligence in the Internet Age, C|NET, 2006

“Human beings face ever more complex and urgent problems, and their effectiveness in dealing with these problems is a matter that is critical to the stability and continued progress of society.” — Doug Engelbart, 1961

Source:  Program On Human Effec­tive­ness,
by Douglas C. Engelbart, 1961

Why waste time doing experiments in the organization with technologies that are going to be out of date in 5 years or 10 years? — Doug Engelbart

Source: Spoken at his 1993 IEEE Distinguished Lecture  (@29:24),
as recipient of 1993 IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

“There’s a double pressure on the evolution of every organization: how you evolve to be more capable and effective, and efficient, but also how you stay in synch with the rest of the environment.” — Doug Engelbart

Source: Engelbart’s Colloquium at Stanford, January 2000

“The complexity of the problems facing mankind is growing faster than our ability to solve them” — Doug Engelbart

Source:  Doug Engelbart: Father of the Mouse,
by Andrew Maisel, SuperKids, 1996

“To improve our collective ability to solve the world’s problems, we must harness the immense promise and power of technology.”  — Doug Engelbart

Source:  Commemorative Poster, from “Engelbart’s Unfinished Revolution
event marking the 30th anniversary of the Mother of All Demos, 1998

“The mouse was just a tiny piece of a much larger project, aimed at augmenting human intellect.”  — Doug Engelbart, inventor of the mouse

Source:  Doug Engelbart: Father of the Mouse,
by Andrew Maisel, SuperKids, 1996

“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. The other contenders for first importance are all critically dependent for their development and use upon this resource.” — Doug Engelbart

Source:  Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework,
by Douglas C. Engelbart, 1962 – VI. Conclusion

Doug Engelbart 1968“If the dream of improving human destiny isn’t enough, how about the thought that the companies that adopt the best Collective IQ improvement strategy will have a significant competitive advantage. Wouldn’t you want your group to have the highest Collective IQ?” — Doug Engelbart

Source: Doug Engelbart | Talks at Google | Slide 31, August 2007

“Payoff will come when we make better use of computers to bring communities of people together and to augment the very human skills that people bring to bear on difficult problems.” — Doug Engelbart

Source: Improving our ability to improve, Doug’s Keynote
address, World Library Summit, Singapore, April 2002

People have got to become more effective at handling complex problems – at their daily struggle with complex and urgent issues. The survival of man seems dependent upon it. Any reasonable possibility seen by society for increasing that effectiveness should warrant serious investigation.”  — Doug Engelbart (1968)

Source: ARNAS Report, January 21, 1968
as displayed in the photo below

011-screen of wisdom-zoom

Photo from Doug’s lab (1968)  – see more

“The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate”  — Doug Engelbart

Source: Computerworld 25th Anniversary edition,
June 22, 1992, p 43

Quotes about Doug Engelbart

“I don’t know what Silicon Valley will do when it runs out of Doug’s ideas.”  — Alan Kay

Source: TBD

“His demo was a tectonic shift in the computing industry.”  — Paul Saffo

Source: The Mouse Turns 40,
VentureBeat, December 1998

“All the brilliant things he has produced are mere baubles compared to the ideas he’s trying to get across.”  — Paul Saffo

Source: The man who sees the future,
US News, May 20, 1996 8

“Engelbart was like Moses parting the Red Sea”  — Alan Kay

Source: Los Angeles Times,
1998

“Engelbart’s vision was [to] multiply the power of people and collaborators by creating systems that augment our intellect, humanity and creativity. His goal was to raise the human potential.”  — Samim Winiger & Roelof Pieters

Source: Creative AI: On the Democratisation and Escalation of Creativity,
2016

See more at
The human side of Doug Engelbart,
by Christina Engelbart

Related Quotes

“The great obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge..” —  Daniel J. Boorstin

Source: The Discoverers, pg 86

“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.” — Dalai Lama XIV

Source: Goodreads Quotes

“We need to train people in an entirely new set of 21st Century skills, which are in fact the oldest skills: communication, collaboration, empathy, respect and how to overcome cultural boundaries.” — Toomas Hendrick Ilves, the fourth President of Estonia

Source: Posted by Bruce Holland on LinkedIn

“Our age of anxiety is the result of trying to do today’s jobs with yesterday’s tools” — Marshall McLuhan

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” —  Albert Einstein

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  — Margaret Mead (see Source)

Source: WikiQuotes: Margaret Mead
This attribution is contested,
but still it’s a great quote.

“Perhaps the most basic challenge humanity faces is to awaken our capacity for collective knowing and conscious action so that we can respond successfully to the immense social and ecological difficulties that now confront us.” — Duane Elgin, Author, Educator, Consultant

Source: Collective Consciousness and Cultural Healing,
October 1997

“One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.” — Marie Curie

Source: WikiQuotes: Marie Curie
This was very true of Doug Engelbart.

“When a society’s collective IQ is no match for the challenges it faces.” — ?

Source: Fleetingly posted on Facebook, attributing
Carl Sagan; sounds alot like Doug Engelbart…

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