Friday, July 5, 2013

r.i.p. doug engelbart

You may not know the name Doug Engelbart, but you use a version of his invention every day: the mouse.  Mr. Engelbart passed away this week at the age of 88, and his "Mother of All Demos" from 1968 remains a definitive moment in the age of interactive computing.  We all owe a debt to this intellectual giant.  I hadn't seen the following quote before (Thanks, boingboing!), and I love it.  He thought about problem-solving the same way I think about learning:

The key thing about all the world's big problems is that they have to be dealt with collectively. If we don't get collectively smarter, we're doomed.
- Douglas Engelbart (1925- 2013)

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