Update, December 1, 2000
News sometimes travels slowly. We just learned that for several months now Stanford University has been webcasting Engelbart's Unrev-II Colloquium also in close-captioned format. Reception required not only MS Windows, but MS Explorer as well.

Update, May 27, 2000
While work on the Colloquium transcripts is in progress, one will find unedited versions, unverified versions and final versions. A transcripts is labeled unverified when the edited text is yet to be checked against the original, spoken word.

"Brain on network" is reproduced here courtesy of Stanford Libraries

Colloquium ,
the unfinished revolution
held at Stanford University

<%@ include file="/colloquium/navbar.html" %>

The unfinished revolution,
strategy and means for coping with complex problems. 1.*

Tangibles and intangibles. 2

The Engelbart Colloquium, held at Stanford University from January 6 to March 9, 2000, is called "The Unfinished Revolution - II." But unlike its forerunner, a 1998 symposium named the "The Unfinished Revolution," the real thrust of the 2000 colloquium is an overarching personal commitment. "It is forty-nine years ago," Dr. Engelbart reminisced at the outset of the first lecture, "that I, in some wild moment, committed my professional career to seeing how much I could maximize my career's contribution toward this thing of helping humankind's collective ability for coping with complex, urgent problems." 2A

Courtesy Stanford LibrariesThe tangible components of Engelbart's productivity are a string of inventions -- the computer mouse, display editing, outline processing, multiple remote online users of a networked processor, hyperlinking and in-file object processing, multiple windows, hypermedia, context-sensitive help. These are very much up front in the 1998 symposium. A site maintained by Stanford University provides a rich documentary about that event along with links to various points of interest that in words and pictures demonstrate Engelbart's contribution to computing and, hence, to our life as now we know it. Try to  imagine personal computing without his inventions, is the question asked. The symposium may be viewed online or from videotape. 2B

Here we introduce the colloquium-related part of the Bootstrap Institute's website. It is, at once, a companion piece and an extension of Stanford's second set of web pages devoted to the unfinished revolution, or "UnRev-II" for short. Its pages, which can be reached through the above menu bar, are not intended to be a capstone on the past, they are intended as an invitation to participate in an ongoing continuum of inventiveness for the good of humankind, to work toward more fully realizing ideas that have been on Engelbart's mind for decades, but still haven't yet sufficiently caught on  to bear still more copious fruit for the benefit of all. These pages concern that very lifetime pursuit: a strategy and means for the executing that strategy, which is to, as much as possible, boost humankind's collective capability for coping with the world's complex, urgent problems. 2C

Engelbart's experiential basis for this pursuit lies mostly within industry -- so much so that there is a strong tendency to perceive of his strategy as fundamentally an industrial management strategy. That is a mistake. It really is a strategy for all sorts of complex endeavors in which people need to work together, a strategy for all sorts of "social organisms," with the ultimate one being the United Nations, representative of all peoples populating one shared habitat. 2D

The ten, three-hour colloquium sessions conducted by Engelbart and his more than 30 guests were webcast live.  The events have been recorded also for later viewing and transcription. Today, they may be freely accessed through a series of archived webcasts. Username and password will be provided upon registration with the Stanford Center for Professional Development. 2E

The sessions may also be followed from transcripts, separately or concurrently with the webcasts (see Update in the sidebar). And interested parties may still join the ongoing online discussions which mainly focus on work to further enhance the augmenting of human intellect with computers. [vE]. 2F

* * *

Some details for online viewers. 3

The latest Media Player software from Microsoft is required. A download is freely available for various operating systems. 3A

Reception of the webcasts deteriorate with reception at a bandwidth less than 28.8 Kbps. Bandwidth measurements are available online at this site:
http://www.2wire.com/dlp/dlp_bandwidth.html. 3B

It has been found that accessing the webcasts with marginal bandwidth, e.g. under fairly congested network conditions, it is well to increase the Media Player's buffer to, say, 30 seconds from the default 5 seconds. Instructions for doing so are found at http://stanford-online.stanford.edu/help/section4.html#q10. In addition, participants may also get useful advice from the help page at http://stanford-online.stanford.edu/help/. 3C

* * *

People who should be especially interested. 4
  • Leaders of government (all levels: local, state, federal, other; countries, and the U.N.), institutions (education, health, research, etc.), professional societies and consortia. 4A
  • Business executives and managers concerned with transformation strategies, and with the potential and dynamics of collaborative processes and the technologies which support them. 4B
  • General public interested in collaborative processes and knowledge management, and/or in the history and future development of information technology. 4C
  • Academics who are studying the history and sociology of information technology, the nature of societal or organizational transformation, and/or the collaborative process. 4D
  • Technology developers who are designing for future organizations, teams and communities. 4E
  • Consultants who are designing services for future organizations, teams and communities. 4F
* * *
Sponsors. 5

This colloquium was made possible through private donations by Pierluigi Zappacosta, Dan Lynch, Sun Microsystems, and through the hard work of many volunteers who have contributed their time and effort.. 5A


Footnotes. 6

Re webcasts. Archived versions of the ten, three-hour webcasts of Engelbart's colloquium, The unfinished revolution, are accessible free of charge. Interested persons are asked to register with the Stanford Center for Professional Development to obtain username and password. For transcripts of the sessions, click here. 6A

Re margins. These web-pages are available with or without margins. Pages with margins are easier to read when the browser window takes up the monitor's entire display area. Pages without margins may be preferred when browser windows are made smaller for viewing more than one window at a time. 6B

Re purple numbers. Formally named location numbers (also statement numbers, structural statement numbers), these identify in a document such structural elements as titles, paragraphs, graphics, etc. Right-clicking on a live location number permits putting the referenced address (URL) into a buffer whence it may be copied into other documents - even, with appropriately  receptive documents, as another live link to the original target. For example, right-clicking on a live, i.e.hyperlinked, location number in a Netscape web page brings up a small window that offers the option to Copy Link Location. This option retains the live characteristic of the link when the copying is done into Netscape's Composer. 6C

Many older documents found on this website contain location numbers that are not live. Those numbers were perceived as pre-tagged for subsequent use  The beneficial use of location numbers was originally designed as part of Augment, a text processing system for co-operating, networked professionals engaged in such knowledge work as planning, analyzing and the designing of highly complex systems. More detail6C1


This space serves to put hyperlinked targets at the top of the window.


Copyright 2000 Bootstrap Institute. All rights reserved.