What Doug Engelbart's system could do then—even by today's standards—was incredible. Not just hypertext, but graphics, multiple panes, efficient navigation and command input, interactive collaborative work, etc. An entire conceptual world and world view. The impact of this vision was to produce in the minds of those who were "eager to be augmented" a compelling metaphor of what interactive computing should be like, and I immediately adopted many of the ideas for the FLEX machine.
Best known as the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, Stewart Brand has been involved in all sorts of interesting projects, from Doug Engelbart's radically innovative computer systems to George Church's efforts to revive extinct species.
The video of his eulogy for Doug Engelbart is quite something. Full of rage and bitterness as well as love. You do not normally see intense emotions like these on display at the Computer History Museum. They resonate for me – I'm not a visionary like Ted, my frustrations are not as sharply drawn as his are, but the sorry state of computational media compared to what it could be is a fucking tragedy and I'm glad at least one person is there to say it.
"the rare character in silicon valley that was not devoted to making a fortune but improving the world".
An IMP appears! And DECtapes.
Jeff Rufelson Doug's office at SRI. He had the first home computing setup because he took home a TTY33.
Markoff tell story of how he ran into As We May Think, 1945. First to see the possibilities of interactive displays. He had this vision and stuck to it, amazing. He had a good feeling for how technology would scale.