The boundaries between humans and machines: 50th anniversary of the invention of the mouse
An important aspect of technology is to design and develop interfaces that allow humans to interact with machines, and more recently with computers, what J.C.R Licklider called “Man-Computer Symbiosis.” The highlighted theme of 2017 will analyze this important aspect of the technological design that allows the translation between the language of the humans and the language of the machines. It marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of one of the most successful hardware devices in the history of computing: the mouse. In 1967, engineer Douglas Engelbart, then researcher at the Stanford Research Institute, devised a device that could be moved by hand and move the corresponding physical movement to the screen. See the following video of 1968, of less of 2 min of length, in which Dr. Engelbart himself presents his invention.