Mother of All Demos

Above image (and below video) of Douglas Engelbart’s amazing and somewhat freaky 1968 demo of their new computing system.  Not only was it online (and they used that term) communicating with the computer terminal remotely, but included lots of weird overlays and cyborg-looking accessories, it almost looks like one of those keyboards that we use to play video games with elo boost services.  From the video description:

On December 9, 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart and the group of 17 researchers working with him in the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA, presented a 90-minute live public demonstration of the online system, NLS, they had been working on since 1962. The public presentation was a session in the of the Fall Joint Computer Conference held at the Convention Center in San Francisco, and it was attended by about 1,000 computer professionals. This was 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.

Part one of the video below (9 total, if you have the patience for the whole thing – also available for download from the Internet Archive):

Via: Hackaday

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