9, today, 40 years ago in 1968 Doug Engelbart presented NLS to the
public. NLS was a system named after the literal meaning of being
on-line with the computer – the oN-Line System – where “on-line” was
not used with the sense of today to have a system connected to the
Internet. There was no Internet yet. The meaning of on-line in the
1960s was to use the machine interactively! For Engelbart's
Augmentation Research Center at the Stanford Research Institute this
was made possible by the use of one of the first time-sharing computers.
presentation at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco at
December 9, 1968 is often referred to as “the mother of all demos”.
Doug Engelbart and his team presented the mouse, windows, interactive
text editing, video conferencing and hypertext capabilities of NLS. A
kind of magic and religious moment, as Alan Kay recalls.
Here are some excerpts from Vision and Reality of Hypertext and Graphical User Interfaces:
And finally I have some compelling interview clips for you, and of course the original recording from 1968: