28 Matching Annotations
  1. Mar 2019
    1. Engelbart insisted that effective intellectual augmentation was always realized within a system, and that any intervention intended to accelerate intellectual augmentation must be understood as an intervention in a system. And while at many points the 1962 report emphasizes the individual knowledge worker, there is also the idea of sharing the context of one’s work (an idea Vannevar Bush had also described in “As We May Think”), the foundation of Engelbart’s lifelong view that a crucial way to accelerate intellectual augmentation was to think together more comprehensively and effectively. One might even rewrite Engelbart’s words above to say, “We do not speak of isolated clever individuals with knowledge of particular domains. We refer to a way of life in an integrated society where poets, musicians, dreamers, and visionaries usefully co-exist with engineers, scientists, executives, and governmental leaders.” Make your own list.
  2. Feb 2019
  3. Dec 2018
    1. Any given book_ of his library /_and presumably other textual material, such as notes/ can thus be called up and consulted with far greater facility than if it were taken from a shelf

      This passage in Vannevar Bush's "As We May Think" may be the first mention of what we now think of as digital annotation. The passage in the original article is slighly different... you can see it here.

  4. Sep 2018
    1. I’m going to assume most people in the room here have read Vannevar Bush’s 1945 essay As We May Think. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to.

      I seem to run across references to this every couple of months. Interestingly it is never in relation to information theory or Claude Shannon references which I somehow what I most closely relate it to.

  5. Apr 2018
    1. Most scholars of hypertext of the time pointed to Vannevar Bush's 1945 article "As We May Think" as an important precursor to the Web and as providing important guidance for necessary development. Bush's model of hypertext was much richer than that of the early Web. Among other things, he envisioned people who would put together articles (or "trails") by finding a sequence of useful pages in different sources, annotating those pages, inserting a few pages of their own, and linking it all together. While the Web had "live links", those links were limited to the original authors of the text, so The Web provided essentially none of the features necessary for Bush's more collaborative model.

      Great summary.

  6. Nov 2017
    1. On a pair of ordinary glasses is a square of fine lines near the top of one lens, where it is out of the way of ordinary vision.

      Holy Moly--this is Google Glass he is describing!

  7. Jul 2016
  8. Jun 2016
    1. produce schema-aware writing tools that everyone can use to add new documents to a nascent semantic web

      That dream does live on. Since Vannevar’s 1945 article on the Memex, we’ve been dreaming of such tools. Our current tools are quite far from that dream.

  9. Mar 2016
    1. The reality —as Obama learned in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. — is that impressive battlefield statistics and reasoned calls for restraint mean little in the climate of fear generated by terror strikes.

      This seems to be the crux of the matter: doing what is actually right and what feels good: Obama aspires to the former, Bush to the latter.

  10. Jan 2016
  11. Oct 2015
    1. Section 6. The root of our problem with selection is the inadequacy of the indexing systems. Records are sorted alphabetically or numerically, this classification being inadequate to the human mind, which is associative by nature. Selection by association may be mechanized, improving (not the speed and flexibility) but the permanence and clarity of the stored informations.

      Root of the problem...

  12. Sep 2015
    1. There will always be plenty of things to compute in the detailed affairs of millions of people doing complicated things.

      Who will perform those computations? Those in power presumably?

    2. but who would now place bounds on where such a thing may lead?

      Who would, or who should? Who gets to decide how we reshape humanity? The masters of war?

    3. The lawyer has at his touch the associated opinions and decisions of his whole experience, and of the experience of friends and authorities.

      So it's not just limited to the individual, but you can see other people's trails. It is social. This seems like a key insight as well.

    4. It consists of a desk, and while it can presumably be operated from a distance, it is primarily the piece of furniture at which he works. On the top are slanting translucent screens, on which material can be projected for convenient reading. There is a keyboard, and sets of buttons and levers. Otherwise it looks like an ordinary desk.

      Not a bad user story, all things considered.

    5. Whenever logical processes of thought are employed—that is, whenever thought for a time runs along an accepted groove—there is an opportunity for the machine.

      The use of logic here is also interesting. Is knowledge actually grounded in logic? Didn't Wittgenstein free us of this delusion?

    6. But creative thought and essentially repetitive thought are very different things.

      This distinction seems particularly significant.

    7. A girl strokes its keys languidly

      Dude, stop it already!

    8. girl

      Ouch. C'mon Vannevar!

    9. will the author of the future cease writing by hand or typewriter and talk directly to the record?

      Some people do this now, but they seem to be a minority.

    10. Today, with microfilm, reductions by a linear factor of 20 can be employed and still produce full clarity when the material is re-enlarged for examination.

      Is it even possible to think what this factor is for today's digital storage technologies?

    11. Often it would be advantageous to be able to snap the camera and to look at the picture immediately.

      It would be, and is!

    12. A record if it is to be useful to science, must be continuously extended, it must be stored, and above all it must be consulted.

      Valuable ideas often appear before they are viable. But they must be discoverable when the environment changes in ways that make the idea more tractable.

    13. publication has been extended far beyond our present ability to make real use of the record

      This makes me wonder if that's where we still are. Connecting documents/information with people when they need it is still a huge challenge. Although being able to go to Google to ask a question on your phone is a huge advantage for those who have questions that are amenable and the device to ask it.

    14. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends.

      The now familiar information overload.

    15. strange destructive gadgets

      the atomic bomb, among others.

  13. Oct 2013