The Mother of All Demos
Douglas Engelbart, demonstrating the NLS system at a conference in 1968. It shows the results of revolutionary research concerning the use of computers to 'augment collective human intellect', conducted at SRI in the sixties. Many technologies are shown including the mouse, hypertext, video conferencing and real-time collaboration. Some aspects of the system are not widely available, even 40 years later. The video is a 9 part playlist of about 80 minutes in total.
Posted by Mark on 14th September 2012.
Xanadu Space
Ted Nelson discusses the limitations of current technology for managing documents and demonstrates XanaduSpace. Nelson's Xanadu project, which has been running since 1960, is notable for its ideas, but has not led to their wide adoption. See also a playlist for Nelson's 'Computer for Cynics' or a fairly complete list of all his videos.
Posted by Mark on 14th September 2012.
Inventing on Principle
Bret Victor shows a system for interactively visualising the execution of a program. His website contains some interesting material on user interface design and data visualisation. Also see his presentation about the future of programming.
Posted by Mark on 14th September 2012.
Normal considered harmful
Alan Kay gives a talk on research and innovation with a historical perspective. See also his talk on the history of computing.
Posted by Mark on 14th September 2012.