AUGMENTING HUMAN INTELLECT: A Conceptual Framework NOTE: This paper by Douglas Engelbart lays out the theoretical foundations to his subsequent. Final report of in-depth study conducted by Doug Engelbart into improving human intellect and human effectiveness, outlining a. Douglas Engelbart: “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework” Alberto Boem Interface Culture Master Course Kunstuniversität Linz.

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Thus it is not impossible that what is commonly referred to as “intellectual power” may be equivalent to “power of appropriate selection”. Possible sources of inspiration may come from: The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today.

Augmenting Human Intellect

Man-computer symbiosis is a subclass of man-machine systems. For first, Engelbart state that is a are planted the ‘conceptual seeds’ that will grow and the fruits of priority to find out the factors that limit the effectiveness of which will be the internet, the hypertext, the World Wide Web and human information-handling capabilities for solving problems.

Reasoning about naming systems. Because the paper is a sketch it is often highly speculative, and sometimes rather vague.

Return to Book Page. Humans are very good at understanding narratives and very bad at understanding trees and graphs. What makes a new symbol weak?

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Slides by Michael Nielsenfor a small-group discussion with people from the Recurse CenterAugust 10, Ryan Tessier marked it as to-read Jul 16, Multimedia From Wagner to Virtual Reality, ed. If the symbols are well-designed, there is the potential for emergent, collective behaviour, and new forms of meaning as with language.


This division is a very clever move. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Engelbart is always pulled different capabilities that exist throughout the hierarchy system with his augjenting and the consequences of his thought the described before. However the importance of Engelbart work lies in system involve primarly an augmented-user who must try to solve his vionary thinking of use networked computers to solve the a complex problem concerning his working field.

Open Preview See a Problem? Can we find principles that will help us design more powerful human-machine systems? See also Rheingold’s site: And by complex situations we include the professional problems of diplomats, executives, social scientists, life scientists, physical scientists, attorneys, designers–whether the problem situation exists for twenty minutes doulas twenty years.

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If this is so, and as we know that power of selection can be amplified, it seems to follow that intellectual power, like physical power, can be amplified. But there seems to be another factor to consider in the evolution of language and human reasoning ability.

Or, at the least, some general principles governing behaviour? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Engelbart’s paper sketches out a research huma that aims toward — very roughly speaking — these ends. Engelbart’s philosophy and research agenda is most clearly and directly expressed in the research report: But structuring it linearly forces the writer to impose a narrative on it.


Lickliderwhich envisions that mutually-interdependent, “living together”, tightly-coupled human brains and computing machines would prove to complement each other’s strengths to a high degree:.

Engelbart: “Augmenting Human Intellect”

For this, Engelbart underline the importance of start augment the human collective capability to solve complex tasks to developing new means for approach this purpose. But what emerges from the reading of 4. Is there a theory of how humans and machines work together? Engelbart reasoned that the state of our current technology controls our ability to manipulate information, and that fact in turn will control our ability to develop new, improved technologies.

He is best known for inventing the ‘mouse’ and other fucused his attention of the computer aided working system. Related ideas were explicitly proposed as an alternative to Artificial Intelligence by Hao Wang from the early days of automatic theorem provers.

The following rough notes were made by participants in the discussion: Notes The following rough notes were made by participants in the discussion: In particular, can we think of really small changes that give rise to huge changes in the reportoire hierarchy? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Engelbart divides our itellect problem-solving capabilities up: What’s missing augenting Engelbart’s paper? Decast added it Jul 11,