Intelligence Augmentation and the Myth of the “Golden Lost Age”

Maarten van Emden has a great piece on Douglas Engelbart and Intelligence Augmentation (IA) versus Artificial Intelligence (AI). First go read that piece then come back here :) This post follows up a bit and comments on some of what Maarten says.

Most people don't realize that much of the computer industry has been about the struggle between two worlds, IA and AI. John Markoff has chronicled the tension between both of these well with his books What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry and his newest book, Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots.