October 1962

AFOSR-3233
Summary Report

AUGMENTING HUMAN INTELLECT: A Conceptual Framework

Prepared for:

DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SCIENCES
AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
WASHINGTON 25, D.C.

CONTRACT AF49(638)-1024

By: D. C. Engelbart

SRI Project No. 3578

Approved:

R. C. Amara, Manager System Engineering Department
J. D. Noe, Director Engineering Science Division

Abstract

This is an initial summary report of a project taking a new and systematic approach to improving the intellectual effectiveness of the individual human being. A detailed conceptual framework explores the nature of the system composed of the individual and the tools, concepts, and methods that match his basic capabilities to his problems. One of the tools that shows the greatest immediate promise is the computer, when it can be harnessed for direct on-line assistance, integrated with new concepts and methods.

Foreword

This report describes a study that was carried on at Stanford Research Institute under the joint sponsorship of the Institute and the Directorate of Information Sciences of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research [Contract AF 49(638)-1024]. Mrs. Rowena Swanson was the AFOSR Project Supervisor for this study.

CONTENTS

I . INTRODUCTION 1

A. GENERAL 1
B. OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY 6

II. CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK 8

A. GENERAL 8
B. THE BASIC PERSPECTIVE 15
C. DETAILED DISCUSSION OF THE H-LAM/T SYSTEM 17

III EXAMPLES AND DISCUSSION 47

IV RESEARCH RECOMMENDATIONS 115

V SUMMARY 128

VI CONCLUSIONS 131

REFERENCES 133