In Pictures: The Mother of All Demos - The 1968 presentation that sparked a tech revolution

On December 9, 1968, Dr. Douglas Engelbart addressed a packed theater at the Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco, demonstrating a new computing platform that heralded advancements from the computer mouse to videoconferencing. Forty-five years later, we're still reaping the benefits of his vision.

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Networking The NLS demo wasn't networked; it was based on time-sharing with terminals. But in his closing statements, Engelbart mentioned SRI's upcoming involvement in an experimental network project at ARPA, which he predicted would grow to a nationwide network of 20 computers that would transmit data across the country at 20Kbps.

That remark showed the only shortsightedness in the whole demo: ARPA's network became the Internet. If Engelbart were still with us on the 45th anniversary of the demo, he could conceivably Skype it in orbit from the International Space Station.

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