Wowsers. Saw on http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/11/engelbart_celebration/ this video: ‘the mother of all demos’ by Doug Engelbart in 1968:
I haven’t seen all of it yet – you’ll need to set aside a chunk of time – but it promises to be really, really interesting. Considering that this is back in the day when you wrote your own OS for every computing machine you bought, it’s very futuristic (and some of it ain’t here yet). Admittedly it is in the tradition of demos where some of it is smoke and mirrors (‘backed up by 30 people at Stanford University’).
I love how in the first word or two he comes up with ‘intellectual worker’. I’m all done with being a knowledge worker – from now on I’m an ‘intellectual worker’.