It was great to see and meet Doctor Douglas Engelbart at BCNET 2004 today. He is inspirational and a great thinker and the inventor of the mouse and many of the concepts behind today’s computers including windowing systems, email and many more.
My notes aren’t very good (click [read the rest of this entry] to see them). But there might be some nuggets in them that might help others. Better to check out Douglas Engelbart’s site at bootstrap.org. Or check out my two sentence summary of Dr. Engelbart’s keynote over at Urban Vancouver. Or check out my 3 minute video of Engelbart’s first 3 minutes. Or my photos of Engelbart’s BCNET 2004 keynote which include his slides.
Can you tell I’ve had no sleep or caffeine :-) !
- communications prof SFU - www.sfu.ca/~smith - Plone blog Tim Devlin - client services BC NET - CONTEST: devise creative and innovative ways of using big honkin’ network
- giving 9.5K to 4 grad students Chinook and Sockeye projects - UBC - big kahuna, best overall application - p2p distributed bioinformatics server ifinder sfu - http://petrov.cs.sfu.ca:8080/IFinder/servlet/ifui.servlet.IFUIControl?user_id=&passwd=&task=login extracting relevant info from data files e.g. Google best chance of commercial success grid canada resource optimizer Brian corey - most innovative best broadband usage - danniel vandister iCor sponsor of conference - Alberta - recruit outstanding technical research people focused on AB universities - introducing Dr. Engelbart phd UC Berkley 20 year career at SRI conference in 1968, best demo of all time! ‘the click heard round the world’ - January issue of wired WYSIWYG text editing, mouse - 1968!!!!!!!!! 7 years at Time Share then McDonnell Douglas last 15 years at Bootstrap Institute 3 kinds of activity a) normal org work b) activity improving a) c) improving improvement process 20 patents including mouse 35 awards 2001 industry hall of fame 2001 loveless medal (Britain) 2000 Clinton 2000 computer hall of fame (top innovator of all time) 1999 Van Neumann medal 1999 Benjamin Franklin Medal 1997 ACM Turing award 1997 Discovery online hackers hall of fame
Icor's motto - heart of every success story are amazing people e.g. Doug Engelbart grew up in woods outside portland gee whiz country boy dream about making a dirigible impractical side forever 1951 read one book about computers electrical engineer working w/nasa no goal - steady job and interesting work 2 hours idea from naive country boy maximize benefit to humanity took some months to flesh out world is getting more complex must get better collectively or world will crash still believes that started in 1950 - how to make ourselves smarter WWII trained as electronic technician punch cards, print, put stuff on a screen - that's what he knew image of this in 1951 - this time of the year in 1951 if you are naive, you keep plugging and feed things out viscosity of trying to move is hard prevailing paradigms like heavy viscosity shifting paradigms is amorphous if you try to do stuff that doesn't meet prevailing paradigms people at this conference are talking at a level that he's been waiting for a long time how much more effectively can we learn to harness the machinery we have the potential web brought us so far, potential is much much further like the invention of the alphabet computer can give you sensory things that are much different paradigm is that knowledge comes like you see things in a book WYSIWYG is not enough want link to passage (right from the beg, his hypertext had it) show me only first line of paragraph don't set the cost of learning at the middle start talking about the capability what's the value of increased capability learning how to read gives you knowledge capability nobody debates this cost but what about the cost of using computer capability so what if it costs learning? build it and see - find ways to measure capability levels scale of problems go up scale of making changes must adapt real challenge is how to set up improvement infra that facilitates evolution need way to open up community dialog last published in 1992 because nobody talked to him about it have to have a strategic framework because of the scale of the problems As much as possible, to boost mankind's collective IQ collective IQ is primary strategic focus developing, integrating and applying knowledge recorded dialog resides in dynamic knowledge repository capability of any individual or group is actually an infra where's the cursor - 'some people just can't keep up' :-) techies - tool system fixes capability e.g. elevators 1st to 4th, so build bigger buildings -> congestion -> social changes human systems cultivation tools - hunter gatherers don't have to roam-> settle down->commerce-> towns -> immense social changes concurrent evolution of tool and human systems must be taken into account Basic Human Capabilities - Sensory, perceptual, motor, mental need skills knowledge and training Augment human capability computer is just another category of augmentation artifact the smaller you make a device, at some point it's too small to work devices change characteristic at linear and other scales more computer power will be available in 15 or 20 years than you can imagine e.g. hold in your device power in that's equal to today's computing power ultra wide band with super small devices no such thing as privacy - do some good e.g. corruption degrees of changes are limitless logjams to solve problems how many autos can the world support? just bringing the amount up is not a simple answer must be able to collectively enable ourselves to understand complex things collective iq is not a 'that would be nice' - we need it or we will crash basic human capabilities (sensory, perceptual, motor, mental) - this interface is much more significant than HCI - i.e. the interface between basic human capabilities and capability infra and tool system and augmentation system more than scrolling pedestrian - GUI interface nice intro to 70s and 60s GUI is pidgin english - we are all grunting, vocab is poor we need much more flexible sophisticated vocab about the objects we manipulate facilitating evolution is HUGE challenge requires effective strategies in applying our resources concurrent evolution of society's dynamic knowledge repositories (DKRs) if we get better at this, this will help us with all kinds of things can't specify must depend of evolutionary process how can we learn to facilitate this? how can this get integrated? must be dynamically done over time every coherent community must have process to keep up to date and integrate inevitable that all knowledge in DKRs will be online we gave up stone tablets so we can give up paper only use it for snapshots (this is my take, not doug's) publish right away, get settled, structure argumentation, can backtrack, as it matures over time, peer review comes after and is much more meaningful based on where the world is actually moving why do I say this community consensus emerges suzuki and kroker at conscience and science conference WOSC center at 1:15 human paradigms lag behind opportunities human skills, culture, government already lagging networked improvement community (NIC) when is it going to be that whatever comes out of this meeting is IMMEDIATELY integrated instead of being very defused organize ourselves into a NIC publish journals afterwards (after meetings) NICs are just an evolution bigger frontier opening up what's the best group in your org that can meet the challenges of this frontier we need a NIC whose DKR provides the best understanding of the current and projected states of the frontier saying this to make us feel guilty making NIC infra work is different than conference infra need boot strap feedback loop!!! The better we get better at getting better the faster we can improve the need for an open hyperdocument system (OHS) need interfaces that allow experimentation evolvability doesn't come from proprietary systems hyperscope - special kind of link - intermediate processor that transforms a file into a normal, allows addressability, multiple views, links to this hyperscope, certain link types, does it for all media and document types don't have to move on to use it can still use existing stuff