The Mother of All Demos

Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

The Mother of All Demos is a name that describes the demonstration Douglas Engelbart with the assistance of Stewart Brand, and others gave on December 9, 1968 at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. The 90-minute live demonstration is considered the all-time greatest because of its influence on what we now think of as a computer.

In the demonstration, Douglas used a workstation on NLS with windows, hypertext, graphics, command input, videoconferencing, word processing, dynamic file linking, and a collaborative real-time editor all accessed using a mouse. Many of these features were later included in Apple computers and Microsoft Windows. Below is the video of the demo in its entirety.

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