Chapter from “The Engelbart Hypothesis: Dialogs with Douglas Engelbart” by Valerie Landau and Eileen Clegg in conversation with Douglas C. Engelbart

Many years ago, I dreamed that people were talking seriously about the potential of harnessing a technological and social nervous system to improve the collective IQ of our various organizations. What if, suddenly, in an evolutionary sense, we evolved a super new nervous system to upgrade our collective social organisms? Then I dreamed that we got strategic and began to form cooperative alliances of organizations, employing advanced networked computer tools and methods to develop and apply new collective knowledge. I called these alliances Networked Improvement Communities (NICs).

The new technologies could enable more effective distributed collaboration, and the potential for shared risk and multiplied benefits seemed promising. In the dream, the solution involves giving high priority to the collective capability for a distributed community or organization to develop, integrate, and apply new knowledge. We already had this capability—organizations handle new collective problems all the time. But, in the dream, we become much more effective. I called this collaborative capability CoDIAK, for Concurrent Development, Integration, and Application of Knowledge.


2 Responses to “Engelbart on his Dream for Humanity”

  1. rastofire Says:

    Thank you for this blog I hope that we’ll can soon have the offline version !

    Can you give the source of the quote please ?

  2. Thanks you for your comments and questions. To answer: The next version “Engelbart Hypothesis” is available now in book form http://www.engelbartbook.com. It will be available as downloadable .pdf in August. Also, the book content will be posted here under creative commons license also n August. Re source: Our book is based on interviews with Doug beginning in 1986. Merci! -Eileen Clegg

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