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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."

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""

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

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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.