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Vannevar Bush has rightly been credited as having marshaled American resources in science and technology to help create weapons (such as radar and the atomic bomb) that proved vital in World War II. He translated those insights into his book, Science: The Endless Frontier, and fostered thinking in the policy realm that was simple and […]
At a time when the world seems awash in an ever-expanding sea of information, Vannevar Bush’s As We May Think reminds us of the promises and challenges of making sense of a world increasingly recorded, mediated, and represented by digital technologies. In the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bush summoned scientists to develop technologies that […]
Thoughts on Vannevar Bush’s essay, “As We May Think“ “Presumably man’s spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems.” Bush saw the 20th century’s exponential explosion of information and the progress it could bring. His mental model could only imagine a walnut-sized-camera […]