The Demo @ 50

December 2018 marked 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 rehearsing 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. Rather, the title clearly indicates the demo was conceived of as a natural extension of the 1962 paper: “A Research Centre for Augmenting Human Intellect.”

A symposium on this important date explored the past and future impact of Engelbart’s legacy.