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Selections 2016 4

Who Lost the Internet Wars?,
By Leslie Nguyen-Okwu for OZY, July 11, 2016
"Engelbart imagined an information system built on the backbones of collaboration and education, all meant to amplify the collective human mind. He wanted a computerized network of real-time, human-wide collaboration, with the open-source spirit of Wikipedia and the purposefulness of"

Why Modern Computing Owes Everything To Douglas Engelbart,
By "Penguin" Pete Trbovich for BeMyApp, June 17, 2016
"So why say he was doomed to obscurity? Because the system he envisioned to bring peace and understanding across the world was used to download cat videos and post status updates on Facebook. The inventions and innovations he freely gave away became gang turf for every computer company to sue every other computer company. His contributions were buried behind a wall of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs"

Doug Engelbart's Vision Transcends Mouse Invention,
By Reid Creager for Inventors Digest, June 2016, pp.10-13
"Mouse Inventor Had a Larger Vision - Doug Engelbart's Vision and Impact Transcended His Computer Mouse". Excerpt from the Editor's Note: "One of recent history's most acclaimed innovators and the subject of this month's Time Tested feature, [Doug] Engelbart wrote a groundbreaking paper in 1962 that outlined society's need for augmenting human intellect to keep up with technology. His daughter, Christina Engelbart, provided us unique context for those contributions--as well as warm personal memories of a man who personifies Father's Day."
[ read Full Article | Editor's Note | Inventors Digest - June 2016 ]

Mit Engelbarts Maus machten andere Mäuse,
by Martin Burckhardt for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Feuilleton, June 21, 2016
"Unter den Computerweltschöpfern war er der innovativste: Douglas C. Engelbart hatte in den sechziger Jahren bereits alle Ideen, die die heutige Datenverarbeitung prägen."                                                                                        

Innovative Companies Get Their Best Ideas from Academic Research — Here's How They Do It,
by Greg Satell for the Harvard Business Review, April 19, 2016
"Since World War II, the U.S. has been an innovation superpower. [...] To account for its success, many point to America's entrepreneurial culture, its tolerance for failure and its unique ecosystem of venture funding. Those factors do play important roles, but the most important thing driving America's success has been its unparalleled scientific leadership."

The best demo anyone's ever done, or will ever do,
by Harry McCracken, for Fast Company, April 16, 2016
"At Facebook's F8 conference, head of product Chris Cox warmed my heart by talking at length about the "mother of all demos," the astonishing presentation which Douglas Engelbart gave at a San Franciso computing conference in 1968. Engelbart, best known today as the inventor of the mouse, showed his pointing device; a graphical user interface with windows; word processing; video conferencing; and other technologies which were mind-bending in the 1960s and which only became mainstream in the 1980s and beyond."

Engelbart on Improving Improvement,
by James Spohrer for Service Science, April 8, 2016
"Doug Engelbart is most well-known for the invention of the mouse, and being an internet pioneer (the first leg of the internet connected to his lab in California). However, for those who know his work, these contributions are not the most significant. Doug's vision for improving improvement to better tackle complex, urgent problems is to many his most significant contribution."

These unknowns created the world's most important technologies,
by Michael Kaplan for the New York Post, April 1, 2016
"If Doug Engelbart did not invent the Internet, he was there for its inception. According to ITworld, he received the first transmission on Web predecessor ARPANET. More critically, he invented the mouse that we all use to navigate the screens of our computers — genius move."

Revealing the Future: Douglas Engelbart,
by Clive Gifford, for LG-CNS, Mar 9, 2016
"he had a vision whilst driving to work one day, ruminating on how complex problems increasingly needed large teams of people to work together, sharing and swapping information to solve them [...] A sudden visual image of a giant CRT screen covered in various symbols and pieces of information [...] Users could move round this information space to form and organise ideas and solutions with great flexibility and speed, and with users linked, the information spaces could be potentially merged or transferred between users. As Engelbart recalled in an interview with Wired magazine in 2004: "All of a sudden – wham…Everybody could share knowledge. The vision unfolded rapidly, in about a half hour, and suddenly the potential of interactive, collaborative computing became totally clear"

Creative AI: On the Democratisation & Escalation of Creativity,
by Samim Winiger & Roelof Pieters, March 7, 2016
"Engelbart did not only provide a vision of interacting with a computer system, but he had a guiding philosophy. He believed that computers can be used to create an extension for the ways we do thinking, representation and association in our minds... not just to automate processes but to multiply the power of people and collaborators by creating systems that augment our intellect, humanity and creativity. His goal was to raise the human potential."

'Machines of Loving Grace,' by John Markoff,
Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers © 2015.
New book by Markoff juxtaposing artificial intelligence, which seeks to automate human thinking, and intelligence augmentation, which seeks to enhance human thinking. Doug Engelbart, who coined the phrase "Augmenting the Human Intellect" in 1962 and pioneered the field, is mentioned throughout.
    See also the Washington Post Opinion piece Who ultimately will have the upper hand: machines or humans?, Jan8, 2016

Selections 2015 5

This Week In Tech History: The Mother Of All Demos,
by Gil Press, for Forbes, December 7, 2015
"December 9, 1968. Doug Engelbart demonstrates the oNLine System (NLS) to about one thousand attendees at the Fall Joint Computer Conference held by the American Federation of Information Processing. The demonstration introduced the first computer mouse, hypertext linking, multiple windows with flexible view control, real-time on-screen text editing, and shared-screen teleconferencing. Engelbart and his colleague Bill English, the engineer who designed the first mouse, conducted a real-time demonstration in San Francisco with co-workers connected from his Augmentation Research Center (ARC) at SRI's headquarters..." Read more.

Smithsonian's "Places of Invention" Exhibit Highlights the Rise of the Personal Computer,
by Blake Patterson, for ByteCellar, July 8, 2015
"I recently visited the museum and there saw many legendary things, among them: the Xerox Alto; a MITS Altair 8800; Douglas Engelbart's (father of hypertext) invention: the first, wooden mouse; the original Macintosh computer; a general history of Silicon Valley at the genesis of personal computing; a hobbyists' billboard pulled from the Valley's long past; and a lovely display highlighting the work of distinguished iconographer Susan Kare..." Read more.
    See also the Smithsonian's coverage of this exhibit and photos from Christina Engelbart's visit.

'Machines of Loving Grace,' by John Markoff,
Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers © 2015.
New book by Markoff juxtaposing artificial intelligence, which seeks to automate human thinking, and intelligence augmentation, which seeks to enhance human thinking. Doug Engelbart, who coined the phrase "Augmenting the Human Intellect" in 1962 and pioneered the field, is mentioned throughout.
    See also the Washington Post Opinion piece Who ultimately will have the upper hand: machines or humans?, Jan8, 2016

Internet Pioneer's Greatest Contribution May Not Be Technological,
May 5, 2015
Doug Engelbart's greatest breakthrough may be to change how we think, how we learn and innovate, and how we collaborate. The Internet Hall of Fame featured profile on this 2014 Inductee, including how one university is putting his vision to practice in an experimental MOOC and associated Engelbart Scholar Award program.

Oregon students win history honors, heading for nationals,
The Oregonian, April 22, 2015
Twenty-four Oregon students advance to the nationals in Washington DC for their outstanding presentations on Leadership & Legacy in last Saturday's Oregon History Day, including Junior Level contestant Zaidie Long of ACCESS Academy in Portland, who presented her documentary: "Douglas Engelbart: Man Behind the Technological Revolution".

2015 IBM Think Poster features Doug Engelbart,
IBM, April 24, 2015
"Payoff will come when we make better use of computers to bring communities of people together and to augment the very human skills that people bring to bear on difficult problems." -- Douglas Engelbart, 2002, from his paper Improving Our Ability to Improve: A Call for Investment in a New Future. For background see IBM Invite You to Think.

From the vault: Watching (and re-watching) "The Mother of All Demos",
by Megan Geuss for ArsTechnica, April 12, 2015
Ars revisits a computing history classic through art, YouTube, and William English. /// In December 1968, engineer and inventor Douglas C. Engelbart and a team of more than a dozen engineers and staff from the Augmented Human Intellect Research Center (AHIRC) gave a demonstration at San Francisco's Civic Center Auditorium to show off what they called the oN-Line System (NLS). The demo, which lasted for about an hour and a half, became known as "The Mother of All Demos".

The Musical 'The Demo' at Stanford Recreates the Dawn of the Digital Age,
New York Times, March 25, 2015
"In December 1968, the computer scientist Douglas Engelbart sat on a stage here and introduced the world to modern computing... On April 1, the composers Ben Neill and Mikel Rouse will perform their new musical theater work based on the Demo." See our blogpost 'The Demo' now an avant garde opera at Stanford for highlights and links, and PC Magazine's year end wrap up The Weirdest Tech Stories of 2015, Dec 30, 2015
Review: The Demo, a Musical About the Mouse - A Silicon Valley production re-creates the Doug Engelbart demo that foreshadowed modern computing. By Tekla S. Perry for IEEE Spectrum, 19 May 2015

Computer History Museum Presents: Walter Isaacson on 'The Innovators',
Walter Isaacson discusses his latest book, "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution." features Doug Engelbart and others; Watch complete KQED broadcast.
  The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster (2014)
  Book explores history of digital revolution, Economic Times, Dec 2014

Watch President Obama cite Engelbart's innovations

Remarks by the President at the Cyber Summit,
The White House, February 13, 2015
At one point in his speech, President Obama cites Doug Engelbart's seminal innovations, among others, in the context of American leadership in the global digital economy today. Learn more.
    See also segments of Obama's speech citing Doug Engelbart's contributions

The Evolution Of Technology In GIF Form Shows Just How Much Our Devices Have Changed,
By Charles Poladian, IBM Times, 3 Feb 2015
"If you're reading this, chances are you have used a mouse, laptop or a traditional desktop computer with an LCD display. It's easy to see how much technology has changed over the past decade, but it's more startling to see just how far we've come since the mouse made its debut in 1963." Here's a link to source on Experts Exchange in their article Transformed: Visualizing how personal computers have evolved over the last 50 years.

Doug using mouse and keyset  1968

Of mice and Men,
99%Invisible (podcast and article), Jan 20, 2015
A Radio Show about Design with Roman Mar - this episode explores the Keyset invented by Doug Engelbart. "If you are looking at a computer screen, your right hand is probably resting on a mouse.. moving back and forth from keyboard to mouse. .... There is another way..." See Christina Engelbart's followup post Meet the 'keyset', and our exhibit page Doug Engelbart: Father of the Keyset for more background and archive photos.

Selections 2014 6

Engelbart Scholar Awardees

VCU launches MOOCs,
Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 2, 2014
Vice Provost Gardner Campbell at Virginia Commonwealth University is teaming with other professors and other universities, and joined forces with Christina Engelbart at the Doug Engelbart Institute to design a collaborative MOOC plus the all new Engelbart Scholar Award; See also more background and photos.

Internet Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees,
Internet Society, April 8, 2014
The Internet Hall of Fame welcomes 2014 Inductees at ceremony in Hong Kong... For his visionary work related to networking and the foundations of the information age, Doug Engelbart was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. Further details see Doug Engelbart inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

Selections 2013 7

Celebrating Doug Engelbart and the 45th Anni­versary of the Mother of All Demos

EVENT: Technology Legend: Honoring Douglas Engelbart, Computer History Museum, December 2013, sponsored by SRI International and Logitech, Inc.
A special public tribute event to honor the passing of Douglas Carl Engelbart (1925-2013)

The Mouse a contestant in first-ever Tech Tournament

Learning From Revo­lu­tion­aries: Doug Engelbart's Design for High Performance Innovative Organizations, by Patricia Seybold, Patricia Seybold Consulting Group

Tributes from the Press to Doug Engelbart (1925-2013), a compilation of articles noting the passing of Douglas Carl Engelbart (1925-2013)

Doug Engelbart, computer visionary and pioneer, dies at 88
See Press Release from SRI International and John Markoff's NY Times article and links to key articles and newscasts in Press Tributes to Doug Engelbart on his Passing
See also:
Blogpost: The Human Side of Doug Engelbart
Tributes posted on our Facebook Page
Tributes posted on NY Times Guestbook
Tributes to Doug on his 85th Birthday (2010)

Doug Engelbart's Design for High Performance Innovative Organizations: Change Your Organization's Nervous System,
by Patty Seybold,, July 17, 2013
I have been a fan and follower of Doug Engelbart since I first discovered his work in the early 1970s. After his death in 2013, I revisited a videotaped interview I did with Doug in November of 1991 [in which Doug described] much of his seminal thinking about how to design high performance organizations. [...] In this article, I summarize a few of the high points from that interview.

Doug The Mouse Inventor's Vision of Computing,
by John Markoff, NY Times, July 13, 2013
Beginning in the 1950s, when computing was in its infancy, Douglas C. Engelbart set out to show that progress in science and engineering could be greatly accelerated if researchers, working in small groups, shared computing power. [...] In December 1968, however, he set the computing world on fire with a remarkable demonstration...

CHM Fellow Douglas C. Engelbart,
by Marc Weber, Computer History Museum, July 12, 2013
His goal was building systems to augment human intelligence. His group prototyped much of modern computing (and invented the mouse) along the way...

Did Silicon Valley Abandon Doug Engelbart?,
by Mike Cassidy, The Mercury News TECHblog, Jul 5, 2013

What Douglas Engelbart Taught Me About Designing User Interfaces,
by Nathan Manousos, FLINTO, 03 July 2013
Defending a multi-button mouse, Englebart explained to the group that immediate learnability should not always be the goal of a hardware device or a software interface...

The Pioneers of the World Wide Web,
By Andrew Beattie, Techopedia, April 29, 2013
Tim Berners-Lee deserves praise for putting together the World Wide Web, but others can take credit for giving him the idea....

Selections 2010-2012 8

Improve Your Ecosystem's Ability to Tackle Complex Issues,
by Patty Seybold, in Outside Innovation, June 6, 2010
For internetworked organizations [...] there’s also a robust body of proven practices that reminds us how to accelerate our capacity for innovation as a group of people. Many of the basic principles for “bootstrapping innovation” among people who are working together online (and offline) to address complex issues were invented and practiced by Doug Engelbart. [...] At our recent Visionaries’ meeting, Christina Engelbart, Doug’s daughter, reminded us that her father’s life work revolved around helping groups of people tackle really complex issues. (read the article)

photo Christina Engelbart presenting at PDA Conference
Christina Engelbart speaking re:
the vision driving Doug's work

[photo courtesy SRI International]

Bootstrapping Innovation: Leveraging the Collective IQ to Achieve Powerful Results,
by Ronni Marshak, Senior Consultant/Analyst, Patricia Seybold Group, June 3, 2010
At our Spring 2010 Visionaries meeting, Christina Engelbart, executive director of the Doug Engelbart Institute and heir apparent to the visionary thinking of her father, Doug Engelbart, presented the concepts and action model for Bootstrapping Innovation… (read the article)

Celebrating friendship and the computer mouse in Southeast Portland,
Anna Griffin, The Oregonian, Jun 18, 2010
When Engelbart was a boy, gravel covered Southeast Foster Road, most people kept cows ... "Doug is the man he is because he grew up in that environment. ...

Doug Engelbart to receive Weatherford Award: Entrepreneurship, innovation honored at awards ceremony,
OSU Press Release, Jan 14, 2010
A lifelong commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation in business will be recognized at Oregon State University's Austin Entrepreneurship Program's annual award ceremony...
• See also the official Award Citation, as well as Honors Awarded to Doug Engelbart for this and other awards he has received.

photo Steve Wozniak with Doug at his 85th birthday party
Steve Wozniak with Doug at his 85th birthday party
[photo by Patrick Tehan/Mercury News]

Honoring a creative force in high tech: Douglas Engelbart turns 85,
San Jose Mercury News, Jan 30, 2010
• See also Celebrating Doug's 85th Birthday page, as well as our Birthday Greetings site for heartfelt posts from colleagues, family, old friends, and admirers

The Computer History Museum, SRI International, and BBN Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of First ARPANET Transmission, Precursor to Today's Internet,
SRI Newsroom - Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ARPANET - the first distributed computer network...
• See also Engelbart's role in launching the ARPANET

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"If the name Douglas C. Engelbart ever comes up on TV's Jeopardy game show, the question doubtless will have been: "Who invented the computer mouse?" In fact, that's hardly Engelbart's only claim. [...]

Ask Engelbart, and he says his life's work is about an even more audacious goal: trying to figure out ways to help the human race solve its increasingly complex problems..."

– Source: A man, a mouse, a mission. By Peter Burrows, Business Week, November 2, 2004.

Commemorative Events 3

2013: Technology Legend:
Douglas Engelbart
at the Computer History Museum