65 Years of As We May Think

This year marked the 65th anniversary of an article that may have been the article that changed the history of the internet in the making–As We May Think by Vannevar Bush.

In his 10 page article, Vannevar Bush described an imaginary machine called Memex. This machine would allow the user to store and later find documents linked by associations. This kind of linking is similar to what we today take for granted in our everyday life and call hyperlinks. How’s that for innovation?

The article has influenced pioneers as Ted Nelson and Tim Berners-Lee, among others. The rest, as they say, is history.

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