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Dr. Bush

September 5, 2012

I just wanted to say that it is amazing to me that Dr. Bush was able to ‘see’ the progression and direction that tech was going in with such clarity. He definitely had the right understanding of what would be helpful to people in their information seeking endeavors, of course he helped bring about the ideas we use today.  Either way it is kind of funny that As We May Think was written in 1945 and even to day some people still don’t feel that they understand what computers and information systems are all about. Of course it helps to study the subject but throughout general society I think that many people are amazed at what we now have and I wonder why that is so if back in 1945 people knew that this was coming, but obviously many people had worked to bring about our present state so maybe people generally are very comfortable with and understand current tech. Well I enjoyed the read.

Ben

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  1. derek permalink*
    September 5, 2012 7:43 am

    Glad you found it interesting. What I find uncanny is his identification of the problems facing researchers in general: the pile of “that which is known but I haven’t read it yet” research where specialists in disparate fields working in parallel possess findings that compliment each other but might as well be non-existent.

    • September 5, 2012 10:19 am

      Yes the vastness of text was large in 1945 and so much more so now. Finding what you don’t know I guess has always been a challenge.

  2. September 5, 2012 4:45 pm

    I have to say that there is much to learn from this and how fast things change. I am amazed just by how much technology progresses in such small periods of time compared to decades ago. truly amazing at how we take these things for granted.

    • derek permalink*
      September 5, 2012 5:01 pm

      I believe it was Isaac Asimov who said sufficiently advanced technology might as well be magic to most people of most time periods. Right now we are simply desensitized to the magic which abounds 24/7 and compounds as it advances itself through cybernetic learning systems.

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