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The Mother of All Demos

I’m posting this since today since Douglas Engelbart died this week. It’s a reminder of how far we have come since 1968, but also how long it takes for the ideas of a visionary to be implemented. He failed to make much money since the mouse still wasn’t that popular by 1987 when the patent expired.

The video shows the public debut of the computer mouse. But the mouse was only one of many innovations demonstrated that day, including hypertext, object addressing and dynamic file linking, as well as shared-screen collaboration involving two persons at different sites communicating over a network with audio and video interface.


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