‘Engelbart and the Dawn of Interactive Computing’

This seems like a fascinating event down at Stanford, and I plan to attend.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008
1:00 to 5:30 pm at Stanford University Memorial Auditorium

They call it the “mother of all demos.”

On December 9, 1968, Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart and the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute staged a 90-minute public multimedia demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. It was the world debut of personal and interactive computing: for the first time, the public saw a computer mouse, which controlled a networked computer system to demonstrate hypertext linking, real-time text editing, multiple windows with flexible view control, cathode display tubes, and shared-screen teleconferencing.

It changed what is possible. The 1968 demo presaged many of the technologies we use today, from personal computing to social networking. The demo embodied Doug Engelbart’s vision of solving humanity’s most important problems by using computers to improve communication and collaboration.

On December 9, 2008, SRI International will present a commemorative 40th anniversary of this historic event. Join us to hear original participants recount what led up to the 1968 demo, the drama of the demonstration itself, and its impact which no one could have imagined at the time. Learn about Doug Engelbart’s vision to use computing to augment society’s collective intellect and ability to solve the complex issues of our time.

Featuring: Daniel Borel (Logitech), Christina Engelbart (The Doug Engelbart Institute), Chuck House (Media X at Stanford University), Alan Kay (Viewpoints Research Institute), Bob Sproull (Sun Microsystems), Andy van Dam (Brown University), and 1968 demo participants Don Andrews, Bill English, Bill Paxton, and Jeff Rulifson. Program subject to change.

Tickets: $25 general admission; $10 students
Purchase online, by calling 650-725-2787, or at the Stanford Ticket Office at Tresidder Union.

More information: http://www.sri.com/engelbart-event.html

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