Douglas Engelbart : The Mother of All Demos (via bigkif)
An important part of computer technology history:
On December 9, 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart and the group of 17 researchers working with him in the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA, presented a 90-minute live public demonstration of the online system, NLS, they had been working on since 1962. The public presentation was a session in the of the Fall Joint Computer Conference held at the Convention Center in San Francisco, and it was attended by about 1,000 computer professionals. This was the public debut of the computer mouse. But the mouse was only one of many innovations demonstrated that day, including hypertext, object addressing and dynamic file linking, as well as shared-screen collaboration involving two persons at different sites communicating over a network with audio and video interface.
The presentation is a bit slow and long (90 minutes), but this is the first time technology such as the mouse, the computer file, video conferencing, online collaboration, and hypertext were introduced publicly …. in 1968!
There are nine parts to the above YouTube playlist, but if you would prefer a condensed, visual overview ,there is this 5 minute video by SmeagolStudios