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  • 50 years on, we’re living the reality first shown at the “Mother of All Demos” | Ars Technica

    A half century ago, computer history took a giant leap when Douglas Engelbart—then a mid-career 43-year-old engineer at Stanford Research Institute in the heart of Silicon Valley—gave what has come to be known as the “mother of all demos.”

    On December 9, 1968 at a computer conference in San Francisco, Engelbart showed off the first inklings of numerous technologies that we all now take for granted: video conferencing, a modern desktop-style user interface, word processing, hypertext, the mouse, collaborative editing, among many others.

    Even before his famous demonstration, Engelbart outlined his vision of the future more than a half-century ago in his historic 1962 paper, “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework.”

    To open the 90-minute-long presentation, Engelbart posited a question that almost seems trivial to us in the early 21st century: “If in your office, you as an intellectual worker were supplied with a computer display, backed up by a computer that was alive for you all day, and was instantly responsible—responsive—to every action you had, how much value would you derive from that?”

    Of course at that time, computers were vast behemoths that were light-years away from the pocket-sized devices that have practically become an extension of ourselves.

    #Histoire_informatique #Mother_of_all_demos #Douglas_Engelbart

  • Douglas Engelbart, l’inventeur de la souris, est mort

    L’ingénieur et pionnier de l’informatique Douglas Engelbart, inventeur de la souris d’ordinateur, est mort mardi 2 juillet au soir à l’âge de 88 ans à son domicile californien d’Atherton, au cœur de la Silicon Valley, a-t-on appris mercredi auprès de l’Institut portant son nom.
    Né dans l’Oregon, il s’était installé au Sud pour devenir chercheur au Stanford Research Institute, après des études d’ingénierie électrique et informatique dans les années 1950, une époque où les ordinateurs occupaient encore des pièces entières. Ses recherches ont ainsi porté sur la visioconférence, la téléconférence, le courrier électronique, les « fenêtres » et le lien hypertexte mais il est surtout connu pour avoir inventé la souris d’ordinateur.

    Dans le NYT

    In December 1968, however, he set the computing world on fire with a remarkable demonstration before more than a thousand of the world’s leading computer scientists at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco, one of a series of national conferences in the computer field that had been held since the early 1950s. Dr. Engelbart was developing a raft of revolutionary interactive computer technologies and chose the conference as the proper moment to unveil them.

    For the event, he sat on stage in front of a mouse, a keyboard and other controls and projected the computer display onto a 22-foot-high video screen behind him. In little more than an hour, he showed how a networked, interactive computing system would allow information to be shared rapidly among collaborating scientists. He demonstrated how a mouse, which he invented just four years earlier, could be used to control a computer. He demonstrated text editing, video conferencing, hypertext and windowing.

    Doug Engelbart, who foresaw the modern computer, dies at 88 (Wired UK)

    Engelbart first revealed his creation to the rest of the world in 1968, at an event in San Francisco, about an hour’s drive north from SRI, and the unveiling, before many of the world’s leading computer scientists, has since become known as “The Mother Of All Demos” (see video below).
    In the audience that day in 1969, “shivering like mad, with a [40] degree temperature,” was a young man named Alan Kay. Kay would go on to join Xerox PARC, where he worked on the research lab’s seminal Alto computer and the groundbreaking object-oriented programming environment known as SmallTalk. He was among the few who saw the demo — and Engelbart — for what they were.

    “He was one of the very few people very early on who were able to understand not only that computers could do a lot of things that were very familiar, but that there was something new about computers that allow us to think in a very different way — in a stronger way,” Kay said during the 40th anniversary celebration.

    Ah ! SmallTalk…

    Et la vidéo (extraits) qui va bien, 9/12/1968…

  • Douglas Engelbart : The Mother of All Demos

    On December 9, 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart and the group of 17 researchers working with him in the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA, presented a 90-minute live public demonstration of the online system, NLS, they had been working on since 1962. The public presentation was a session in the of the Fall Joint Computer Conference held at the Convention Center in San Francisco, and it was attended by about 1,000 computer professionals. This was the public debut of the computer mouse. But the mouse was only one of many innovations demonstrated that day, including hypertext, object addressing and dynamic file linking, as well as shared-screen collaboration involving two persons at different sites communicating over a network with audio and video interface.

    #histoire #informatique (pas vraiment un #film #documentaire, mais il y a des passages carrément mythiques : présentation de la souris, application liste de courses, démonstration de la position relax du clavier…)