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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this landmark Demo SEQUEL with footage, memorabilia and fun facts below.

Doug's Demo Sequel: 1969 0

Not long after Doug Engelbart's ground-breaking Mother of All Demos, he and his team demonstrated their research at another conference in San Francisco, CA – the 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS), October 1969 (the one year Doug sported a beard). This live demo presentation, titled "Augmentation Systems and Information Science," showcased the novel work coming out of Doug's Augmented Human Intellect Research Center (AHIRC) at Stanford Research Institute (SRI, now SRI International).

Lucky for us, they filmed their 90-minute dress rehearsal in front a small, live audience. This footage is now available online along with recently unearthed memorabilia. Many thanks especially to Stanford Libraries Special Collections, the Internet Archive, and SRI International.

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Poster announcing Doug's presentation Announcement

Conference Program - selected page scans
Conf. Program
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The Demo: The conference kicked off Wednesday afternoon, October 1st, with the Opening General Session during which Doug and his team presented this demo. On Thursday, October 2nd, he and his crew hosted an "open house" for conference attendees to meet the team and see the system up close and personal.

Their Wednesday presentation featured Doug on the main stage, with his co-presenters Dave Evans (DAE), Mimi Church (MSC), Bill Paxton (WHP), and Jim Norton (JCN), all videoconferenced in from the lab 30 miles away, with audio/video/comms production led by engineer extraordinaire Bill English (WKE), and a support staff including the rest of his then 24-person team. See the concluding "Credits" under Index below for Doug's appreciation.

For session contents, see Doug's printout of his draft agenda, and the below detailed Index to Demo Contents linking to specific sections of the Demo, or for the ultimate, experience the demo interactively.

  See photos from Doug's lab - 1969

Memorabilia: See the Announcement of Doug's sessions (at left) excerpted from the Program, and browse Conference Program (selected pages). See also the press coverage of the event in the San Francisco Chronicle on October 3rd. 2

Prequel to this Demo: For big-picture background, visit our Doug's Great Demo: 1968 site for related links and in-depth background on Doug's lab, prior demo, special anniversary events and retrospectives looking back on that demo, Herman Miller's collaboration with Doug on his custom console, timelines, plus links to online exhibits at SRI International, Computer History Museum, Stanford University MouseSite, and more.

Rapid Innovation: It is quite astounding to note, in less than a year since the 1968 "Mother of All Demos," how considerably their NLS system and its usage have evolved, thanks to Doug's expeditionary Bootstrap Approach as briefly described during his 1968 demo. The world debut of his innovation strategy was first unfolded in his 1962 'manifesto' Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework. Now in this 1969 presentation, you can watch Doug describing his research goals and approach in more detail. To see results of his strategy applied in the lab, compare side by side the interactive version of the 1968 Demo and 1969 Demo. Doug continued to refine this innovation strategy through decades of iterative prototyping – watch Doug's management seminars and keynotes at our Engelbart Academy.

Behold the Dawn of Networking: Since 1967 Doug's team was involved in ARPA's groundbreaking ARPANET project, the world's first computer network and precursor to the Internet, which was scheduled go live in a few short weeks following the 1969 demo. During this demo, Doug shares plans for his team's involvement, including plans for a Network Information Center ("the NIC") which they will be simultantously launching to support resource and information sharing across the ARPANET. See demo segments under Index below, especially: NET, NIC, Information-Space Vehicle, Information-System Functional Support, with specific case usage examples in MSC: System Operation. This is essentially a followup from their 1968 demo when Doug first announced the forthcoming ARPANET and NIC. See also our online exhibit Engelbart's Role in Early Computer Networking.

Index to the Demo 2

Watch by topic clicking on the links below.

  • Guest List - example using this event's guest list
  • NET - ARPA's forthcoming ARPANET
  • NIC - provisions for a Network Information Center
  • Hard-Copy Output - publish-quality output available
  • DSS - provisions for Dialog Support System
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See Also 4

On the Web 4a

From Doug's Lab4b

  • A Research Center for Augmenting Human Intellect. (the paper written for the conference where they gave the 1968 demo, describing the work they were demoing). Douglas C. Engelbart and William K. English, AFIPS Conference Proceedings of the 1968 Fall Joint Computer Conference, San Francisco, CA, 33, December 1968, pp. 395-410 (AUGMENT,3954,). Republished with articles No. 4, 21, and 23 in "Computer Supported Cooperative Work: A Book of Readings," Irene Greif [Ed.], Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Inc., San Mateo, CA, 1988, pp. 81-105. See also Engelbart's videotaped presentation from this historic 1968 conference "A Research Center for Augmenting Human Intellect."
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  • Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework. (Doug's seminal report documenting his strategic vision that drove the work) Douglas C. Engelbart, Summary Report, Stanford Research Institute, on Contract AF 49(638)-1024, October 1962, 134 pages (AUGMENT,133182,).
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  • Workstation History and The Augmented Knowledge Workshop. Douglas C. Engelbart, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on the History of Personal Workstations, Palo Alto, CA, January 9-10, 1986, pp. 73-83 (AUGMENT,101931,). Republished as The Augmented Knowledge Workshop in "A History of Personal Workstations," Adele Goldberg [Ed.], ACM Press, New York, 1988, pp. 185-236.
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