Augment With Us

A site for study, collaboration, and action, co-sponsored by the Doug Engelbart Institute.
About This Project
Doug Engelbart's 1962 manifesto Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework offers a unique, multidisciplinary perspective on how human ingenuity, in symbiosis with networked digital computing technologies, might enlarge human capability and help address humanity's most urgent problems.
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Annotate Together
Coming soon: an introduction to web annotation with hypothes.is, and how it will be used for this project.
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Live Events
Video chats, annotation flash mobs, and other events both synchronous and asynchronous. Activities begin January, 2019!
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Published in 1962…

In January 2019 we will commence a deep and close reading of Doug Engelbart’s visionary research report and manifesto: Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework.

Together, we’ll annotate this document using hypothes.is, a platform for web-based annotation and discussion. Other online events and resources will help provide even more food for thought and conversation. In the spirit of Doug’s original design, we want the study of intellectual augmentation to be an example of intellectual augmentation. In a word, recursive!

Here’s how Doug described the work of intellectual augmentation.

By “augmenting human intellect” we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems. Increased capability in this respect is taken to mean a mixture of the following: more-rapid comprehension, better comprehension, the possibility of gaining a useful degree of comprehension in a situation that previously was too complex, speedier solutions, better solutions, and the possibility of finding solutions to problems that before seemed insoluble. And by “complex situations” we include the professional problems of diplomats, executives, social scientists, life scientists, physical scientists, attorneys, designers—whether the problem situation exists for twenty minutes or twenty years.

Stay tuned!

Meet @dengelbot

We have constructed a twitter bot to channel the spirit of Doug Engelbart voicing his ideas as published in the 1962 research report. The bot will also ask you to respond with your thoughts on how Doug’s conceptual framework might illuminate our contemporary context.

 

The Demo @ 50

December 2018 year marks the 50th anniversary of Doug Engelbart’s groundbreaking 1968 Demo– also known as “The Mother of All Demos.”

It was there at the 1968 Fall Joint Computer Conference that Doug and his team at SRI first presented their seminal work of personal and collaborative computing to the world – this was the debut of the mouse, windows, hypermedia, file sharing, teleconferencing, and much, much more.

 

Photo of Doug Engelbart delivering the Mother of All Demos from DARPA web site timeline; in public domain as a work of a US Government Agency

The title of this session in the conference program did not focus on the technologies; we can see it as the natural extension of the 1962 paper as it was listed as “A Research Centre for Augmenting Human Intellect.”

A symposium planned for this important date invites us to explore the past and future impact of Engelbart’s legacy.

https://thedemoat50.org/