The Mother of All Demos by Douglas Engelbart

  • "The Mother of All Demos" is a name retroactively applied to a landmark computer demonstration, which was presented by Douglas Engelbart on December 9, 1968
  • It was given at the Association for Computing Machinery / Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (ACM/IEEE)—Computer Society's Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco
  • The live demonstration featured the introduction of a complete computer hardware and software system called the oN-Line System or, more commonly, NLS
  • The 90-minute presentation essentially demonstrated almost all the fundamental elements of modern personal computing: windows, hypertext, graphics, efficient navigation and command input, video conferencing, etc.
  • The demonstration was highly influential and spawned similar projects at Xerox PARC in the early 1970s
  • The underlying technologies influenced both the Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows graphical user interface operating systems in the 1980s and 1990s
  • View the entire demo video on YouTube by going to this reference link
  • View summarized version of the video on YouTube on this reference link
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