Bootstrap Institute Augmenting Human Intellect 35 Years Later

Bay Area Computer History Perspectives
The Computer Museum History Center


"Augmenting Human Intellect 35 Years Later"


Doug Engelbart, Bootstrap Institute
Jeff Rulifson
Sun Microsystems
Bill English
Charles Irby
Silicon Graphics

5:30 PM, Wednesday, Nov. 12

International Building
SRI International
333 Ravenswood Ave.
Menlo Park



Those words are the Abstract at the beginning of Doug Engelbart's 1962 report, "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework", written at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) in Menlo Park. The report contains many detailed specific examples of the potential benefits of computer technology for individuals, groups, and society at large. Thirty-five years later we have achieved some of these goals, but there is more that can be done.

This program will attempt to describe the scope of Doug Engelbart's work with a series of speakers, who all worked at SRI:

If you plan to attend the talk, and would like to pick up a copy of the original 1962 edition of "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework" at the talk, please send a simple email note to (or else call Zoe Allison at 650/604-2575). 5

A complete on-line bibliography of relevant documentation and papers, including an on-line version of "Augmenting Human Intellect" (which was transcribed in by Michael Friedewald just this Sept. in Germany), is available at The on-line version is accurate, but is missing the Abstract (quoted above), which should appear immediately before the Foreword.

Next program: Jan. 27, 1998---Development of time-sharing operating systems at Lawrence Livermore Lab, first in a series of three programs on hardware and software contributions from Livermore. The entire Livermore Computer Museum collection is now housed at the History Center at Moffett Field.

These lectures are sponsored by The Computer Museum History Center and Sun Microsystems.

Directions from highway 101 northbound in Menlo Park: take Willow Rd. exit in direction of Menlo Park, and go west over 1 mile to Middlefield. Turn right on Middlefield, and follow it about 3/4 mile to Ravenswood. Then left on Ravenswood to the main SRI entrance at 333 Ravenswood, half way down the block. Follow signs to the International Building Auditorium, on your left as you enter the parking lot.


Journal Document # (BI,1727,)