On December 9, 1968, Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart and the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute held a 90-minute public multimedia demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. Retrospectively called ‘The Mother of All Demos,’ this marked the first time the world saw a computer mouse, hypertext linking, real-time text editing, multiple windows with flexible view control and shared-screen teleconferencing. This is a highlight of this demonstration, in which Dr. Engelbart shares these personal computing capabilities, and helps set the course for technology history:
The Boston Globe interviews four of our great Internet Hall of Fame inductees to find out what's next for the Internet.
Here is a quick snapshot of how the news media worldwide covered some of our Internet Hall of Fame inductees in April.
The Boston Globe ran a 25-year look-back on the Internet, interviewing four of our great Hall of Famers: Nii Quaynor, Robert Melcalfe, Dave Farber and Richard Stallman. Here’s what they had to say.
Vint Cerf talked about what he’s thinking the Internet will look like in the future. As always, he’s thinking about some amazing things.
Brewster Kahle was in the East Bay Express (of Berkeley, Calif.), for offering hundreds of thousands of books from his Internet Archive (of which the Archive has multiple copies) to be given away to attendees at this June’s East Bay Book Festival. The Festival director of course said yes … and the result will be a library made out of books.
We’re proud of Peter Kirstein, who was chosen to receive the prestigious Marconi Award.
NewYorker.com recently published an interview with Internet Hall of Famer Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive and its Wayback Machine. New Yorker's Nick Thompson discusses that interview and tells the hosts of "CBS This Morning: Saturday" that Kahle's work matters because "the Internet is constantly dying and being reborn."
Interviewed by the Internet Hall of Fame editorial staff
Srinivasan Ramani, who was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014, played a key role in India’s Education and Research Network (ERNET) and led the effort to set up ERNET’s international gateway, starting with a link to Amsterdam in 1987. Although he retired in 2011 from teaching at the International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore, Dr. Ramani remains a teacher at heart and has a broad perspective on education, which he was gracious enough to share with us in a recent conversation.
Q. What has changed in engineering education in India since you were a student?
A. Believe it or not, when I first began my studies in engineering in 1958, there were just about 3,500 engineering admissions per year in all of India. According to the latest figures now, there are well over a million admissions each year to four-year courses leading to university degrees in engineering, in over 3,000 colleges nationwide. That is, there are nearly 300 times more students starting their engineering education every year, compared to the time I started college. It is amazing.
Q. What changed to make that happen?
A. The attitudes and aptitudes of students have not...