As We May Think…


Prototype Engineer Trevor Smith’s Memex machine built to Vannevar Bush’s specification

A memex is a device in which an individual  stores all his books, records and communications and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged supplement to his memory.

In this first nugget I am going to focus on the first ideas/phrases that came to mind when I was reading the article (specifically focusing on section 6 & 7 where he describes the memex). Here are some of the things I thought of (in no particular order):
the internet, smartphones, connectivism, folksonomies, curation, tagging, concept mapping,  piaget’s concept of assimilation & accommodation, etc

what words came to your mind as you read this article?

The web today provides us with enormous amounts of information. Some have likened finding relevant information on the web as similar to drinking water from a fire hydrant: messy and not a very efficient way to get what 9217944381_4b4a02b483_zyou really want.

Its amazing that over 60 years ago Bush basically described the ways in which we can use our devices  to create, filter, organize and share information on the web today. His was a vision on how to manage the multitude of information we have access to using the principle of association. As we navigate the web, curate (with content curation tools i.e tagging with diigo etc) and share relevant information through our networks on we are in a way making the web and building associative trails using the very principles he described ….




2 Comments on “As We May Think…”

  1. It’s amazing, isn’t it? I am still trying to figure out if he was being prescient or if he was paying close attention to the current technology and basically created a blueprint for others after him to work towards.

    1. Hi Giulia, its very fascinating, he was definitely a visionary in terms of the things he thought and wrote about, it seems like the technology is now catching up with those ideas…

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