Innovation and the Computer: The Memex
Originally posted on Hanes Psychology:
Imagine it’s 1945. There are no computers, smartphones or Internet. All you have are the mountain of books and papers that fill libraries from universities and cities all around the world and the technology of the day. How would you create a system to link and cross reference all of those things? How could you organize, and search through all of that media and to allow a user to search and display all of this information easily and quickly?
In 1945, Vannevar Bush came up with what he called the Memex, a combination of the words memory and index. This machine was never built, it was just a concept, but it was the vision that the future of computing would follow for many decades to come. It was envisioned as a tool to enhance the memory and power of the human mind.
Bush envisioned the Memex as a futuristic interactive…
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