augmenting human intellect

augmenting human intellect by Doug Englebart

By “augmenting human intellect” we mean *increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems.

perhaps *increasing capability will come via rapid prototyping to slow.. et al..via 2 convos

so too .. wondering if it’s not more augmenting interconnectedness.. wondered if we’d have less of the problems we are trying to solve.. in the first place..?

less focus on intellect.. more focus on the one ness of us.. the interconnectedness

Man’s population and gross product are increasing at a considerable rate, but the complexity of his problems grows still faster, and the *urgency with which solutions must be found becomes steadily greater in response to the increased rate of activity and the increasingly global nature of that activity. Augmenting man’s intellect, in the sense defined above, would warrant full pursuit by an enlightened society if there could be shown a reasonable approach and some plausible benefits.

perhaps let’s try a nother way

This kind of system approach to human intellectual effectiveness does not find a ready-made conceptual framework such as exists for established disciplines. Before a research program can be designed to pursue such an approach intelligently, so that practical benefits might be derived within a reasonable time while also producing results of longrange significance, a conceptual framework must be searched out–a framework that provides orientation as to the important factors of the system, the relationships among these factors, the types of change among the system factors that offer likely improvements in performance, and the sort of research goals and methodology that seem promising.

We see the *quickest gains emerging from (1) giving the human the minute-by-minute services of a digital computer equipped with computer-driven cathode-ray-tube display, and (2) developing the new methods of thinking and working that allow the human to capitalize upon the computer’s help. By this same strategy, we recommend that an initial research effort develop a prototype system of this sort aimed at increasing human effectiveness in the task of computer programming.

perhaps it would be quicker if we used tech to facil daily curiosities.. so that no one has to be trained.. et al .. a means for 7 bn to leap to a nother way

rest of this section (ie: of architect) .. sounds like designing reality

Increasing the effectiveness of the individual’s use of his basic capabilities is a problem in redesigning the changeable parts of a system. The system is actively engaged in the continuous processes (among others) of developing comprehension within the individual and of solving problems; both processes are *subject to human motivation, purpose, and will.

begs our infra is deep/simple/open enough to resonate with 7 bn .. today.. ie: not after we coax them or after they train. or whatever.. just now..

that is also the key to dealing w/urgency.. for (blank)’s sake

To redesign the system’s capability for performing these processes means redesigning all or part of the repertoire hierarchy. To redesign a structure, we must learn as much as we can of what is known about the basic materials and components as they are utilized within the structure; beyond that, we must learn how to view, to measure, to analyze, and to evaluate in terms of the functional whole and its purpose. In this particular case, no existing analytic theory is by itself adequate for the purpose of analyzing and evaluating over-all system performance; pursuit of an improved system thus demands the use of experimental methods.

so let’s let the people experiment everyday (rev of everyday life).. and let’s let teh basics be authenticity and attachment (maté basic needs)

But an active research effort, aimed at exploring and evaluating poasible integrated changes throughout the repertoire hierarchy, could greatly accelerate this evolutionary process. The reaearch effort could guide the product development of new artifacts toward taking long-range meaningful steps; simultaneously competitively minded individuals who would respond to demonstrated methods for achieving greater personal effectiveness would create a market for the more radical equipment innovations. The guided evolutionary process could be expected to be considerably more rapid than the traditional one.

perhaps that’s the what i’ve been learning the last 10 yrs

The category of “more radical innovations” includes the digital computer as a tool for the personal use of an individual. Here there is not only promise of great flexibility in the composing and rearranging of text and diagrams before the individual’s eyes but also promise of many other process capabilities that can be integrated into the H-LAM/T system’s repertoire hierarchy

imagine that tech/mech listening (via 2 convos) to 7 bn daily curiosities.. and then connecting people locally per that data..[self-talk as data]

In amplifying our intelligence, we are applying the principle of synergistic structuring that was followed by natural evolution in developing the basic human capabilities. What we have done in the development of our augmentation means is to construct a superstructure that is a synthetic extension of the natural structure upon which it is built. In a very real sense, as represented by the steady evolution of our augmentation means, the development of “artificial intelligence” has been going on for centuries.

i see this augmentation (at least initially) as more of a means to detox us.. get us back to us.. believing that the alive energy from truly free humans is all we need..

Apparently there are counter-arguments to this; e.g., if a concept needs to be used often but its expression is difficult, then the language will evolve to ease the situation. However, the studies of the past decade into what are called “self-organizing” systems seem to be revealing that subtle relationships among its interacting elements can significantly influence the course of evolution of such a system. If this is true, and if language is (as it seems to be) a part of a selforganizing system, then it seems probable that the state of a language at a given time strongly affects its own evolution to a succeeding state…It seems very likely that *a more useful language form can be devised.

i believe this mech (to listen to all the voices via *idio-jargon) is a means to go beyond words.. so perhaps.. again.. back to an indigenous us

If it were so very easy to look things up, how would our vocabulary develop, how would our habits of exploring the intellectual domains of others shift, how might the sophistication of practical organization mature (if each person can so quickly and easily look up applicable rules), how would our education system change to take advantage of this new external symbol-manipulation capability of students and teachers (and administrators)?

much like h g did

only now with added dimension – ie: eagle and condor ness

It must be borne in mind that a great deal of study and invention is yet to be done in developing the improved augmentation means that are bound to come

What Vannevar Bush Proposed In 1945

“Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and to coin one at random, “memex” will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is

vannevar..memex.. perhaps ie: hlb [via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..]

Three people working together in this augmented mode seem to be more than three times as effective in solving a complex problem as is one augmented person working alone–and perhaps ten times as effective as three similar men working together without this computer-based augmentation. It is a new and exhiliarating experience to be working in this independent-parallel fashion with some good men. We feel that the effect of these augmentation developments upon group methods and group capability is actually going to be more pronounced than the effect upon individuals methods and capabilities, and we are very eager to increase our research effort in that direction.”

imagine on top of that.. that each person.. is  only working on what they are curious about that day.. imagine that energy.. that art.. [red flag we’re doing it wrong.. the need for incentives]

First any possibility for improving the effective utilization of the intellectual power of society’s problem solvers warrants the most serious consideration. This is because man’s problem-solving capability represents possibly the most important resource possessed by a society.




DougEngelbot (@DEngelbot) tweeted at 6:15 AM – 25 Nov 2018 :
Our concept of language as one of the basic means for augmenting the human intellect embraces all of the concept structuring which the human may make use of. #augmentintellect (

imagining idio-jargon for augment interconnectedness



via Gardner Campbell and Alan Levine

Orientation week has begun! Engelbart Framework Project description here: Welcome from @cogdog & me: . New to @hypothes_is ? Start here: . Join us! #augmentintellect #frameworkproject

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10 min video –

Welcome to the Engelbart Framework Project

we have this idea that there’s a way to take a doc that changed the world.. but isn’t very well known..  and putting that doc (augmenting human intellect) w/in an environ that encourages really close/thoughtful engagement.. most of all an convo around doug engelbart’s ideas regarding all this tech that he helped to invent/popularize.. but along the way kind of got detached form some of those ideas.. in ways that led all the tech to not always be for the *best possible uses..t

dougaugmenting human intellect

*ie: augmenting interconnectedness..

it (annotation) does bring us back to doug’s ideas.. about collective intelligence.. people able to work together collaboratively.. his vision to harness this *collective iq and make it a real force for change.. a way of addressing these complex problems.. t.. we might be able to invent solutions faster than we invent problems..

imagining we need diff connections first – focus not so much on *collective iq.. rather on daily curiosity

3 min – while we’re not solving a problem.. it’s more an experience.. of using tech (he was talking about) to reveal/harness the power of collective intelligence.. what we call thought vectors and concept space

4 min – a: the power of having a convo about these papers

a fruitful search together for a bigger understanding..t

5 min – a: it’s a hard paper.. we should use these tools to get to a better understanding to make society better.. t..  employing pieces of this paper to understand it better..

6 min – he clearly anticipated there would be more building to do..t

the ai humanity needs..augmenting interconnectedness

7 min – it was the structure of the idea.. t.. that led to all the developments..

begs 2 convers as infra.. to get to the energy of 7bn alive people.. everyday.. everyone

everyone in sync

the danger is the results run away from the idea.. and get detached.. nobody to think about why anymore.. engelbart was always about being thoughtful.. why we were doing what we were doing

8 min – first week.. practice using hypothesis.. get to know others.. then 3 additional weeks.. working on annotations.. to enrich this doc w those who were there.. those following him.. and those who are new..  no prior knowledge assumed/necessary

10 min – we’re really hoping for an annotation space..

keep posted here:

annotate with us


It’s Week[1] of the Augmenting Human Intellect project, where we collaboratively augment (via web annotation) Doug Engelbart’s visionary 1962 paper.


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Engelbart thought we could do better.

ie: augment interconnectedness


By “augmenting human intellect” we mean increasing the capability of a [person] to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit [their] particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems. #augmentintellect

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perhaps ie for better:

increasing the eudaimonia/fittingness of a [person] to approach/live everyday life, to gain connections to suit [their] particular curiosities, and to derive/provide energy to an undisturbed ecosystem. #augmentinterconnectedness

what the world needs most: the energy of 7b alive people