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The Mother of All Demos

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Many of us have made a demo some time or other in our career. I have made reasonable number of demos in my career, and have got that embarrassing feeling when the demo fails right is front of the most important audience.

Today I stepped across what is fondly known as the ‘Mother of all demos‘  .Douglas Engelbert made 90 minute live public demonstration of the NLS on which he and 17 others were  working since 1962.
Many revolutionary features on HCI were demonstrated that day. The ‘computer mouse’ made its first public appearance, apart from video conferencing,teleconferencing ,email and hypertext.

This demo ,made in circa 1968 has all the ingredients of a keynote speech by Steve Jobs. The introductory note on how the demo is screened was inspirational.Have a look.


Written by sujai

November 4, 2008 at 12:44 pm

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