Monday, August 02, 2010

Meet the iPhone, ca. 1945

Your interesting fact of the day, from an article by Vannevar Bush, 1945, about his proposed device, the memex:

... 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.

Apart from the mechanization (which has been supplanted by digitization), Bush foresaw smart phones and similar hand-held devices. He did recognize, though, that computers would be integral to the realization of the memex, which he did not live to see produced.


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