And associative trails
Behold- The Memex!
Im doing Haiku It Up! http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/haiku-it-up/ by Takeru Terajima
For the writing assignment, take a random Dailyshoot photograph and create a haiku using that image.
I am combining this assignment with my CIS course at TUJ about the pioneers of the internet and today’s technology. This is based upon Vannevar Bush’s As We May Think. This haiku summarizes his hypothetical technology known as the memex.
To be honest, I didnt even know what a “dailyshoot” was when I read this, so like every misunderstood word I have, I turned to trusty old google search. Apparently its this site with daily photography assignments. I chose one at random from the technology assignment section-http://dailyshoot.com/assignments/689 And i ended up with this one of the iPhone by Raging3vil.
Then it hit me, a quote from the second day of class by one of my classmates, “The iPhone is the memex.” I brushed it off at first, but now I see it clear as day. I started counting syllables on my fingers: as-so-ci-a-tive trails okay thats 6, behold the memex- 5, li-mit-less da-ta theres 5 okay we can do this!
Our first reading was Vannevar Bush’s As We May Think (1945), in which he describes something he names as “Memex”. This Memex is basically a modern computer connected to the internet. It is incredible the way he describes with such precision the capability and uses of the modern computer. He envisions a table computer that has nearly unlimited data storage capacity, which can be shared with others.
Items, notes, and ideas can be joined together, following the “associative trails” of linking one thought to another. These trails can be shared with other memex users by way of Bush’s concept of what we would now call a USB device.
When I read this article, I was filled with chills. How can someone 60 years ago predict the type of technology that we are currently using? I wonder what technology that is seen as a dream will be possible in the future? How would Bush react if he saw the iPhone? I think he would be taken aback and announce “Behold- The memex”