PCGH Retro: Mouse, e-mail and hyperlinks - 40 years ago
Once again PCGH takes a look at the short but eventful history of the computer. Today: What happened on December 9?
Douglas C. Engelbart as he held the demonstration (picture: www.digknowledge.com/index.php?s=api)...1968: Years later this event will be described as the "Mother of all demos”: On December 9, 1968 the scientist Douglas C. Engelbart presents during a 90 minute demonstration in front of about one thousand computer specialists several revolutionary technologies. Those technologies showed how an interactive system can be used for everyday tasks. Engelbart shows modern word-processing via graphical user interface, he worked with e-mail, demonstrated the functionality of hyperlinks between texts and pictures - like they became popular with the WWW - and thereby communicated with colleagues via a computer based video conference. All this he controlled with revolutionary input device: the mouse that he invented. Engelbart's demonstration is a foresight. Most of the technologies won't be used widely for years - the scientist and his team are decades ahead of their time.
A recording of the "Mother of all Demos” can be found at Google Video.