This year marks the 50th anniversary of a spectacularly groundbreaking computer demonstration, known retroactively as "The Mother of All Demos". After this 90-minute demonstration at a 1968 computer conference in San Fransisco, Douglas Engelbart, previously considered something of a crackpot was described as a visionary, "dealing lightning with both hands".
This live presentation essentially demonstrated almost all the fundamental elements of modern personal computing: the first time they had been demonstrated together in a single system.
- Efficient navigation and command input
- Video conferencing
- The computer mouse
- Word processing
- Dynamic file linking
- Revision control
- A collaborative real-time editor
WHAT! Seeing all of that for the first time in 1968?! I know, pretty wild! Come and share this experience with fellow computer science and/or history enthusiasts. No prior knowledge of computer systems or any specific programming language is required to appreciate this landmark presentation.