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Ted Nelson’s Moving Homage to Douglas Engelbart Takes Aim at Today’s Tech World

Ted Nelson, the man who coined the word “hypertext,” has delivered a moving eulogy for his friend and contemporary, computing pioneer Douglas Engelbart. Engelbart, who died in 2013 at age 88, first showed off such innovations as the interactive keyboard and mouse, text editing, Nelson’s hypertext, video conferencing, windowing, and much more, all in a 1968 presentation later dubbed “The Mother of All Demos.” But Nelson’s short talk at the Computer History Museum also condemns the computing establishment for relegating Engelbart to the sidelines after his breakthroughs.

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