The Mother of all Demos

By Deane Barker on December 9, 2008

Engelbart and the Dawn of Interactive Computing: A 40th Anniversary Celebration: Forty years ago today, the world of personal computing changed with a demo at PARC.

[…] for the first time, the public saw a computer mouse, which controlled a networked computer system to demonstrate hypertext linking, real-time text editing, multiple windows with flexible view control, cathode display tubes, and shared-screen teleconferencing.

They’re having a reunion of sorts, so if you’re in the area, drop by and take a picture.

If you’re interesting in the history of PARC, I recommend a great book called Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age. Great book.