As We May Think Reaction – Bell

In this reading Bush speaks about how he wants to extend the human memory.  Along with that he also spoke about how he wants to extend the human ability to catalogue and categorize human information.  He goes into detail about the how he wants humans to eventually have the ability to keep and save information for a long time.  He came up with his own personal invention.  An invention that he called memex.  He quotes, “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 intimate supplement to his memory.”  After reading this article I did end up a little confused.  Not because the article hard to understand, but because the content was very different from what I have read before.  Bush says, ““Thus far we seem to be worse off than before—for we can enormously extend the record; yet even in its present bulk we can hardly consult it. This is a much larger matter than merely the extraction of data for the purposes of scientific research; it involves the entire process by which man profits by his inheritance of acquired knowledge”.  He was coming up with something so visual on his own, and it could potentially happen one day when it’s completed.  You never know!

Bush, Vannevar. “As We May Think.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 01 July 1945. Web.


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