Wednesday, December 10, 2008

BBC NEWS | Technology | Muted celebration for computing

See the full article for more on the 40th anniversary of “the mother of all demos”

"But the vision dad (Doug Engelbart) started out with was how can you make people more dramatically effective at how they work collectively to solve important problems in order to make the world a better place?"

"That vision of how do you harness the collective intellect in very powerful ways is missing from the paradigms in how things are being developed today," said Ms Englebart who is the executive director of the Engelbart Institute.

She said the kind of problems this approach would help today include things like world poverty, infectious diseases, clean technology and world hunger.

"It really is a race because if these problems are increasing in complexity exponentially and if we don't find exponential solutions as to how we work together to solve these problems, then we are sunk," stated Ms Engelbart.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Muted celebration for computing

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