Response to Vannevar Bush, As We May Think

As We May Think published July 1945 in The Atlantic Magazine

The idea of the memex, this pre-computer memory index contained in a desk, is extremely interesting and very radical of idea created by Vannevar Bush in 1945. The article is very well thought out and scientific in its nature of the eight sections of background information, creation, and application. The content was interesting especially placed in a historical context, but I did find myself skimming over the scientific garble. The description of the memex desk is probably what I find easiest to read about because of the visual detailed description. It is really reminiscent of the excitement that comes with inventions  to make life easier. The memex is a very advanced idea: ‘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.’ All of which is contained in a convenience of a piece of furniture, a desk space. It does depend greatly on the users participation, it requires the user to maintain physical updates in a code book, impractical, of what is in storage, which evidently is explained as extremely vast. All in all, an extremely inventive and well considered idea.


About Moki

Studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a BFA with emphasis in art education. Recently has been spotted dabbling in performance art, installations, and public art.
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