Douglas Carl Engelbart (born January 30, 1925) is an American inventor, and an early computer and internet pioneer. He is best known for his work on the challenges of human-computer interaction, resulting in the invention of the computer mouse, and the development of hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to GUIs.
Douglas Engelbart’s Unfinished Revolution The pioneering Doug Engelbart invented things that transformed computing, but he also intended them to transform humans. - Doug Engelbart knew that his obituaries would laud him as “Inventor of the Mouse.” I can see him smiling wistfully, ironically, at the thought. The mouse was such a small part of what Engelbart invented.
Douglas Engelbart, one of my heros, passed away this week. This video is a recording of what's now called "The Mother of All Demos", from 1968, showcasing things about computing decades ahead of their time. The mouse, teleconferencing, word processing, file linking, real time text editing are all on display in this incredible talk.