Forty years ago
, Douglas Engelbart gave the Mother of All Demos.
In this demo, he introduced the mouse
had been around for 16 years already), the hyperlink (simultaneously invented
by Ted Nelson
), word processing conventions, expanding hierarchical views of files, image links, group annotations of documents, collaborative editing
, separation between views and models
, and user testing of productivity software. SRI went on to Xerox PARC
, where the Graphical User Interface and laser printing were later developed.
Those of you in the Stanford area may wish to attend the 40th anniversary bash
from 1-5:30pm on 9 Dec at the Stanford University Memorial Auditorium.
Engelbart pioneered research into the use of computers for the augmentation of human capabilities. In the academic world, this research is continued by researchers in Human Computer Interaction
The original computer systems which ran Engelbart's demo are very rare now, which is why the Computer History Museum is working on a preservation project to clone NLS
. Speaking of history, Engelbart participated in an oral history
a few years back.
Modern software which is similar to NLS or descended from it would include Tinderbox
, and MyInfo
. Ted Goranson
at ATPM has a wonderful series of reviews
on NLS-alikes and what makes good ones good.
All of this innovation from Doug did not make him a rich man. But he carries on his initial vision toward an Open Hypermedia System under the auspices of the Bootstrap Institute
. Others have taken the idea of augmentation in completely different directions
, and here