Wednesday, September 14, 2011

As We May Think by Vannevar Bush

After I red the article As We May Think which was written by Vannevar Bush in 1945 I realized how Bush had predicted many technologies that were invented later on after he thought of them such as personal computers, Internet, and the hypertext. Bush had thought of a machine which he called Memex , Memex is a  electromechanical machine to save a big amount of articles in one machine and organize them in a way that a person could retrieve several articles or pictures on one screen and have the ability to make comments on them which could be stored and recalled again if needed.

Here is a video to help understand better the concept of Memex and how it works

Many poeple were inspired by Bush and his ideas for the future such as Douglas Engelbart and Ted Nelson.
Douglas Engelbart is an early computer and internet pioneer he was inspired by Bush's article As We May Think and he had some heard about something about computer which was a recent  phenomenon at that time and he was a radar technician so he envisioned information being analyzed and displayed on a screen. He dedicated his life to computers. He was the person to make the first computer mouse.

Douglas Engelbart and Mouse Prototype
Here is an interesting website with some interesting videos about  Douglas Engelbart and the group of 17 researchers working with him in the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute. The public presentation was  attended by about 1,000 computer professionals.

The article As We May Think made me think about how human beings have always been trying to explore, experiment, and always be creative in a way to make our lives easier and more convenient. They always tried to make the future better for the coming generations and they have succeeded and hopefully our generation will continue to be creative and make a change in our world.