Recapturing the humanity in the Internet's birth, on stage


  • TECH
  • Friday, 03 Apr 2015

DRAMATISATION: Playing the the role of Douglas Engelbart, Mikel Rouse (centre) performs in "The Demo" at Stanford University in Stanford, California. The story follows Douglas Engelbart's 1968 demonstration of early computer technology, and is infused with meditation, elegy, and fantasia.

PALO ALTO, United States: Is the Internet a force for public good, or for social control? Or a bit of both? Such tensions, so prevalent in today's debates, were rife at the very dawn of the computer age. 

Hoping to stimulate debate about the future of technology, a new production at Stanford University brings to stage the life of Internet pioneer Doug Engelbart who envisioned a more humanist role for computers. 

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