It’s hard to say what has been the most significant invention in IT of all time: the integrated circuit, the microprocessor, the PC and the web have moulded IT in ways their inventors never imagined.
But 40 years ago, on December 9th 1968, Doug Engelbart and a group of researchers from the Augmented Human Intellect (AHI) Research Center at Stanford Research Institute, gave a public demonstration of end user computing. Englebart showed the world the computer mouse, which was actually made of wood.
Engelbart demoed personal computing, shared documents and video conferencing. He used his wooden mouse to click through documents, jus like how we use hypertext linking today on the world-wide web. So this week Computer Weekly is celebrating the greatest IT invention of all time. Long live the mouse.
I’d love to hear what IT invention you would rate as the greatest of all time.