Net@50: Did Engelbart's “Mother of All Demos” Launch the Connected World?
In 1968, Engelbart and his staff put on the so-called “mother of all demos” at a major conference in San Francisco, showing off all the features they had developed over the years. For 90 minutes, the stunned audience of over 1,000 computer professionals witnessed many of the features of modern computing for the first time: live videoconferencing, document sharing, word processing, windows, and a strange pointing device jokingly referred to as “the mouse.” Elements on the screen linked to other elements using associative links—or “hypertext.”
Engelbart's lifelong goal was to make computers into tools that would augment human intelligence for solving universal problems. His lab pioneered the mouse, multiple windows, and networking. We're celebrating the 50th anniversary with newly released interviews by journalist John Markoff and a number of events exploring the ongoing impact and lessons learned from Engelbart's historic demo.READ MORE
Venturing Forth: The Exponential Center Launches a Venture Capital Initiative
The Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum is leading an ambitious program to capture and share the untold stories of pioneering venture capitalists and their partnerships with disruptors and innovators that extend from idea to IPO and beyond. The companies they have created have led to new industries and jobs, generated tremendous wealth, and changed the way we live.
#WeToo: Insights from Silicon Valley Women in Tech
In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Exponential Center at CHM is launching a new series—Women’s Work: Perspectives on Gender in Tech, a collection of short videos and discussion guides that explore a variety of topics on women in tech, such as gender and job stereotypes, leadership, and unconscious bias.
Hacking Our Security: Digital Resilience for the Next Cyber Threat
Ray Rothrock, chairman and CEO of cybersecurity analytics firm RedSeal and national security expert and Brunswick Partner Siobhan Gorman discussed Rothrock’s timely new book, Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat?