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In 1968, Computers Got Personal: How the 'Mother of All Demos' Changed the World

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Douglas Engelbart, 1968

A scene from Doug Engelbarts groundbreaking 1968 computer demo.

Credit: Doug Engelbart Institute

On a crisp California afternoon in early December 1968, a square-jawed, mild-mannered Stanford researcher named Douglas Engelbart took the stage at San Francisco's Civic Auditorium and proceeded to blow everyone's mind about what computers could do.

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