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Engelbart Colloquium at Stanford

Douglas C. Engelbart

An In-Depth Look at 'The Unfinished Revolution'

Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart is known for developing the computer mouse, graphical user interface, display editing, and more.


This page contains videos and Powerpoint slides from two symposiums that took place at Stanford University:


The Unfinished Revolution - II
Stanford University
January 6 - March 9, 2000


Session 1: The Next Frontier - How Big is Big?
Thursday, January 6, 2000

Keywords:

Lifetime Goal and Pursuit Strategy, The Key Target, Capability Infrastructure, Exploding Rate and Scale of Change, The State of the Future, World Energy Supply, People Working Together, CoDIAK, Co-Evolution Frontier: Probable View, Concurrency Interoperability, Requirements for OHS, State of Software Technology, Readying the Organization for Frontier Penetration, Networked Improvement Community, The Bootstrap Alliance, Open Source Pursuit of CoDIAK and OHS, High Performance Teams, Multi-Class UIS, University HPST's

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Session 2: Augmenting Organizational Capabilities
Thursday, January 13, 2000

Keywords:

Developing an Understanding, History, Augment, Capability Infrastructure, Lifetime Goal, Concepts and Vocabulary, Co-Evolution, Concurrency and Interoperability, More Concepts, Collective Intelligence, Collectively Smarter, Scaling Challenge, Readying Organization, Capability-Evolution Communitites, Urgent Issues, Boosting Collective IQ, In Sum, Hew Crane, Oil is Special, When oil might be gone, Land Requirements, Evolution of Energy Supply, Government Role

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Session 3: Leveraging Our Collective Intelligence
Thursday, January 20, 2000

Keywords:

External Intelligence, Marcelo Hoffmann on Knowledge Management, Statusof KM, KM Implies Value, DKR, Dynamic Knowledge Repository, CoDIAK and Collective IQ, Methodology for New Initiatives, The World's Organizations, Improvement Infrastructure, Peter Yim, The Bootstrap Perspective, The AC-UNU Millennium Project, NIC, Molecular Nanotechnology, Environment, Biological Systems, Selected Readings, Collective Intelligence in Action, Seed Content

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Session 4: Enabling Technology - Missing Pieces
Thursday, January 27, 2000

Keywords:

Open Hyper-Document System, Standards, Co-Evolution, Outposts on the Co-Evolution Frontier, High Performance Teams, The Online System, Composite and Structured, Hypertext Publishing, External Documents, User Interface System, Shared Screen Service, Special Relevance, Jerome Glenn, Jim Spohrer and WBI Technology, WBI Architecture, 3 Basic Use of WBI, Tanya Jones, Foresight Web Enhancement, CritSuite Implementation, Jon Bosak, Adam Cheyer, The Agent Landscape A proposal for moving forward

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Session 5: Bootstrapping Continuous Improvement
Thursday, February 3, 2000

Keywords:

Intellectual Property, Christine Peterson on Open Source, Application-Independent UI, Eric Armstrong, Open Source Java Development, Advantages, Source in XML: Benefits, Source in XML: Requirements, How to Implement?, OHS-Dev Sub-Communities, Up front about Standards Bootstrapping and UnRev Framework, TQM and Bootstrap Activities, Idea of TQM, Methodology of TQM, PDCA Cycle, Future of TQM, Audience Participation, Capability-Improvement Capability

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Session 6: Networked Improvement Communities
Thursday, February 10, 2000

Keywords:

Millenium Project, Strategic Framework Required, Bootstrapping, BootNIC, Evolution of DKRs, Howard Rheingold, Cyberspace is a Social Place, The Social Web, Informal Knowledge Communities, Roy Pea, Tapped In, PALS, OERL, CILT, ESCOT, Jim Spohrer, EOE Home Page, EOE as a NIC, Building Community Tool, Whom to Augment First, Warner Schaer, Software Productivity Consortium, Mission and Vision, Business Model, Members, Technical Program, Jeff Rulifson, Bootstrap to Multi-NIC, Urgent Vs. Important, Understanding Social Organisms

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Session 7: Scalable Improvement Infrastructures
Thursday, February 17, 2000

Keywords:

Huge Solution Scale, Dimension of 'Time', Individual to Largest Multi-National, Community Governance, Barbara Simons, Bootstrapping Technology Policy, Where are we going?, Lawyers and Bootstrapping, Copyright Laws, Digital Millenium Copyright Act (98), Digital Era Copyright Enhancement, ACM Digital Library, Alan Cox, Statistics, Trends, The Big Story, Digital State Survey, Improvement Opportunities, Final Thought, Co-Evolution, Jon Bosak, Governance: The Killer App?, Agreeing to Disagree, Augmenting the DKR, Parliamentary Procedure, Parliamentary Automata, Machine Concepts, User Interface, Tatsuya Uyetani, Bootstrap Activities in Japan, Current Network Connection, Target for JMBA Standards

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Session 8: Pilot Outposts on the Frontier
Thursday, February 24, 2000

Keywords:

Optimal Evolutionary Environment, Co-Evolution Frontier, HPATs, Strategic Choice, Bootstrapping, Effective Bootstrapping, Rob Swigart, The Future: Scenarios and Vignettes, What is a Scenario?, Developing Scenarios, Vignettes, Story Structure, Story Quad, Norm McEachron, Benchmarking to Improve Management Practices, Best Practices, SRIC Approach, Performance Areas, Company Ratings, Leader Profiles, Marcello Hoffman, Intelligence Collection, Classic Design Problems, Purpose Company Growth, Large Scale

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Session 9: Bootstrapping in your Organization and Community
Thursday, March 2, 2000

Keywords:

Bootstrapping Plan, Acknowledgement, Strategic Matter, Loops & Improvement Infrastructure, Grand Challenge, Groupware Market, Allen Brown, Driving Towards Interoperability, Interoperability Barriers, Economics of Interoperability, Dual Loop Process, Interoperability Payoff, Curtis Carlson, What's the Value Proposition?, Simple Product Model, Knowledge Accumulation Model, Exponential Doubling Time, Where are we going?, The 'SRI Way', Ted Nelson, Where our Hyper-Media really should go!, Software Philosophy.

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Session 10: Tying it All Together
Thursday, March 9, 2000

Keywords:

Plan for Session, Lifetime Goal, Late 50's Experience, The Bootstrap 'Paradigm Map', Exploding Rate, Harnessing Technology, CoDIAK, Requirement fo OHS, Frontier Penetration, Next..., High, General Level, Peter Yim, Augment System, App. Indep. User Interface, Web Intermediaries, The Co-Evolution, Adam Cheyer, Three C's of Business, B2b, Eric Armstrong, 'SuperNew' Motivation, Underlying Data Model, Jack Park, Domain Knowledge, Conceptual Graph Example, Andy Poggio, Product Development Challenges, Defect Sytems, Neil Scott, Total Access System, Multimodal Accessors, International Collaboration

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The Unfinished Revolution
A Symposium at Stanford University
December 9, 1998


Try to imagine "personal" computing without the following:

  • The mouse and pointer cursor
  • Display editing
  • Outline processing
  • Multiple remote online users of a networked processor
  • "Linking" and in-file object addressing
  • Multiple windows
  • Hypermedia
  • Context-sensitive help

These features, which we take for granted in 1998, were unheard of before Doug Engelbart's inquiries into "Augmented Human Intellect" led to a revolutionary vision of the computer, a vision which was revealed to the computer world on December 9, 1968 ...

On that day Doug Engelbart and a small team of researchers from the Stanford Research Institute stunned the computing world with an extraordinary demonstration at a San Francisco computer conference. They debuted: the computer mouse, graphical user interface, display editing and integrated text and graphics, hyper-documents, and two-way video-conferencing with shared workspaces. These concepts and technologies were to become the cornerstones of modern interactive computing

That landmark 1968 demonstration took place at the American Federation of Information Processing Societies' Fall Joint Computer Conference. At a time when computers were little more than huge number-crunchers, Engelbart and his team's introduction of their two-way interactive system, called NLS (for oN Line System) was a shock.

Today the mouse, graphical user interface, hyper-documents, display editing and integrated text and graphics are taken for granted. Other features of NLS, such two-way video-conferencing with shared workspaces, remain more vision than reality even today. And some of NLS' most important elements, such as the concept of bootstrapping, remain so novel that they are all but unknown to the current generation of systems designers.

NLS' 1968 demo was a watershed that fundamentally changed the trajectory of the computing revolution, contributing not only ideas, but also many of the people who would later build the systems we would use today. Alumni of the NLS project (and its successor, the Augment project) include many of the most influential figures in Silicon Valley (and elsewhere). Others credit Doug's work in general, and the 1968 demo in particular with influencing their design philosophies. As personal computing pioneer and visionary Alan Kay once observed, "I don't know what Silicon Valley will do when it runs out of Doug's ideas."

On December 9, 1998, Stanford University Libraries and the Institute for the Future presented a day-long, public symposium bringing together Engelbart and members of his historic team, along with other computer visionaries, to consider the impact of Engelbart's work on the last three decades of the computer revolution, to explore the challenges facing us today, and to speculate about the next three decades.


Session 1: 9:00-10:40 Morning

9:00
Greeting and Introductions from Condoleezza Rice, Michael A. Keller, Paul Saffo (Moderator)
9:15
Panel Discussion on the 1968 Demo: Engelbart, Brand, English, Irby, Rulifson
10:15
Tim Lenoir


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Session 2: 11:00-12:40 Morning

11:00
Panel Discussion on the Last 30 Years: Andreessen, Caruso, Nielson, Rheingold, Zappacosta
11:40
Alan Kay
12:10
Panel Discussion on New Horizons: Card, Drexler, Evans, Horn, Markoff


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Session 3: 2:00-3:30 Afternoon

2:00
Unfinished Revolution Conversation: Engelbart, Rulifson
2:30
Ted Nelson
3:00
Andy van Dam


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Session 4: 3:50-5:30 Afternoon

3:50
Terry Winograd
4:20
Stewart Brand
4:50
Jaron Lanier
5:20
Closing Remarks
5:30
Adjourn


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Related Links

Stanford researcher Doug Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, dies.

Doug Engelbart Institute - conceived by Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart to further his lifelong career goal of boosting individual and organizational ability to better address problems that are complex and urgent.

The website also includes the following:

Engelbart's Unfinished Revolution, A Symposium at Stanford University, December 9, 1998