Highlights of the 1968 "Mother of All Demos"

Engelbart and the Dawn of Interactive Computing - SRI's Revolutionary 1968 DemoOn December 9, 1968, Doug Engelbart and his Augmentation Research Center (ARC) at SRI staged a 90-minute public multimedia demonstration which presaged many of the technologies we use today – from personal computing to social networking. This was the world debut of the computer mouse, used to demonstrate an interconnected office computing system with integrated hypertext linking, collaborative composing, multiple windows with flexible view control, knowledge management, teleconferencing, and more. Visit Doug's 1968 Demo for more links and fun facts.

Click an image below to watch selected demo highlights 
or watch as a playlist on YouTube (24 min total)

1. Introduction
(38 sec)

2. The Basics
(6 min 24 sec)

3. The Bootstrapping Approach (1 min 30 sec)

4. The Devices 
(1 min 41 sec)

5. The Hardware
(1 min 57 sec)

6. Software Development
(3 min 43 sec)

7. Applications
(1 min 29 sec)

8. Real-Time Collaboration  (2 min 58 sec)

9. Other Projects
(2 min 3 sec)


10. The Team (Thank-Yous) (2 min 2 sec)



All video footage of the demo courtesy SRI International and Stanford Libraries Special Collections.