The 1969 Demo - Interactive

Experience this sequel to the "Mother of All Demos" presented by Doug Engelbart and team
at the ASIS Conference, October 1st, 1969. CLICK on any frame or section.


Preface (Silent)
Presentation by Doug Engelbart and staff at SRI for the 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) | Our Sponsors: ARPA, NASA, RADC-USAF.
Some views of our lab (Silent)
Video camera briefly pans the lab.
Welcoming remarks
This is a final rehearsal for the ASIS conference. For starters pretend I have a fancy slide projector, and a pointer that points on the screen.
Description of presentation setup
Doug shows a rough schematic of the computer, workstation, and projection setup supporting this demo.
Who and what we are
The Augmented Human Intellect Research Center (AHIRC) at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) | multiple sponsors | special lab facilities | a long-term goal-oriented program.


ASIS, System Development, and AHIRC
We are developing a system for augmenting system developers; we are both developers and end-users of this augmentation system.
Our System-Development Augmentation System
Composed of: Hardware | System-Programmer Software | General-User Subsystems | Concepts | Conventions | Methods | Support System.
Control Devices
Providing a powerful vehicle for flying thru information space, at any point change our views or manipulate info on the fly, using: Mouse and bug | Keyboard | Keyset.
Collaboration Techniques
Dave Evans beams in from the lab to share screens and demonstrate basic features.


DAE: Basic Description of NLS
Dave Evans shows how we work with the text, structure information, and use NLS as an instrument in our 'information space' | simple editing, viewing options, jumping, [end Reel 1]
[DAE continues on Reel 2] creating and using hyperlinks, more viewing options | at 3:18 Doug emphasizes a few key points, while Dave shows maps of this information space.
Information-Space Vehicle
NLS as an Instrument and Vehicle for helping humans to operate within a domain of complex information structures.
Information-System Functional Support
Here's a SYSTEM, with customers to provide info, end users, a team to develop it; we emphasize the Sys Dev aspect, to develop Systems of all kinds, esp Info Systems, for Sys Dev
Special Tools Within NLS
Viewspecs | Jump | using name or number | Freeze | Keyword | Content Analyzer


WHP: System Development
Bill Paxton demonstrates how we use the NLS system for System Development, with a tour inside the NLS system developers' information space, including actual code.
MSC: System Operation
Mary Church demonstrates use of NLS as an Information System, using the forthcoming Network Information Center for the ARPANET as a case in point [end Reel 2]
[MSC continues on Reel 3] more viewing and query options using the content analyzer with keywords and content patterns, quickly and flexibly navigating and telescoping in and out of specific detail
JCN: System Management
Jim Norton demonstrates its use for administrative and program management.


Guest List
Doug demonstrates what we can do with this event's guest list (entered by staff while he was busy presenting above)
Describes ARPA's forthcoming ARPANET coming online next year (Note: Doug's lab will test the first transmissions later this month with Kleinrock's lab at UCLA)
NIC: Network Information Center
Provisions for a Network Information Center they are developing for ARPANET users.
Hard-Copy Output
Doug shows the publish-quality output available.
DSS: Dialog Support System
Adding Backlinks and Journal system for example, enabling a flexible fast-acting team, evolving our team work, changing roles, how we pool our knowledge and act on it, etc.


We've shown you a vehicle, the structuring of information and information space thru which that vehicle is equipped to carry us, the types of maneuvers we can use, and the sorts of trails;
and the applications that give us the ability to move around quickly, and to use modification and viewing tools to enable our system development work, our file development work, our management.
Doug thanks the sponsors and his entire team, beginning with our Co-Presenters | Our master Stage Manager: Bill English | Video and Audio Control: Martin Hardy |
Tonight's Camera Operators | Technical Setup | Receptionists |
Equipment Loaners providing: Loudspeaker | Teletype Equipment | Eidophor Projector