[Networked Media] Week 01 – As We May Think | HTTP webpage

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I would like to make something interesting with text and words whenever I click the words. But I cannot think any interesting sentence or poem. I just made a personal my intro page. I hope to develop it to show the different results whenever I choose different words.

As We May Think – Vannevar Bush

I was surprised that this article was written before coming to out the first digital computer, ENIAC, was came in 1946. He predicted many concepts of modern computer systems and structures includes data storage devices, CPU, and the internet, and interfaces. For over 7 decades, computers have changed not only our lifestyle but also how we think.

He mentioned about the future of photography, it was appealing to me because I owned about 5-6 cameras in my life, and used them and discarded them. As he predicted, cameras itself also developed dramatically, and film and storages technology as well. Memory cards were getting cheaper and smaller, and every year the cameras had higher resolution. After the huge development of the camera and components, people have focused on how to organize and keep the countless pictures of the memory card, and how to share these photos with other people.

However, in terms of the development of photography, I do not think these changes always make the better results for example, the pleasure of taking pictures. Even though we can take pictures with a handy and high-resolution smartphone camera anytime, I sometimes miss the big, brick-sized camera for waiting to get printed photos for few days and give them to my friends and keep them in my old album. Maybe next step of photography could be enhanced those experiences and humanity. (I think I digressed from the article.)

To return, he suggested “Memex” as an individual device that has associative indexing, as the human brain operates by association. It reminds me of the Hypertext of Wikipedia on the Internet. (although it is not personalized.)

“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.”

Finally, reading electrical vibrations from our brain was interesting, definitely, these neuroscience and computer science are taking center stage nowadays. Reading the brain signals, paralyzed man could use his hand though rerouted brain signals.(Link)

Like the title, “As We May Think”, If we want to have a vital step to go forward, we try to keep being doubts and imagining our future, as he did.


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