I don't know if you guys ever heard of this man but apparently he is one of the forefathers of knowledge thought. He started computational communities and had hands on time with the first mouse and the first window.
Here are some Engelbart links.
- Short Bio
- MIT Bio
- Some footage of him jivin'
- A nice interview with the cat
"Yes. I have always believed that the complexity of the problems facing mankind is growing faster than our ability to solve them. Therefore, finding ways to augment our intellect would seem to be both a necessary and a desirable goal. "
"The actual invention of the mouse was the result of analyzing the various characteristics of other pointing/input devices. Much as the Periodic Table of the Elements has characteristics which define groups along rows and columns, we laid out a grid of existing devices. And just as the periodic tableâ€™s rules have led to the discovery of certain previously unknown elements, this grid ultimately defined the desirable characteristics of a device that didnâ€™t exist. That device was the mouse."