Gui and mouse as well as videoconferencing demonstrated in 1968.

Posted: October 11, 2011. At: 12:04 PM. This was 6 years ago. Post ID: 2013

in 1968, December 9, Douglas C. Englebart and the group of 17 researchers working with him demonstrated a system they named NLS, something they had worked on since 1962. The public presentation demonstrated the computer mouse for the first time, but the day also revealed hypertext, object addressing and dynamic file linking as well as shared-screen collaboration by two people at different workstations separated by a distance communicating over a network with a video and audio interface! And all of this in 1968, before the Moon landing when most computers where clunky beasts, he managed this. The Xerox Star computer system from 1981 had a mouse and keyboard and a monochrome screen, but it did not have Skype styled videoconferencing like the NLS system did in 1968. Have computers gone backwards since then? With the rate of progression in technological advancement we should have far better infrastructure and computers by now but we have most computers running Windows, which does not bode well for the future of humanity.

 

http://sloan.stanford.edu/MouseSite/1968Demo.html

Xerox Star computer system circa 1981.
Xerox Star computer system circa 1981.

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