Response: As We May Think, Vannevar Bush

Art 410 Project

Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) was most definitely ahead of his time with inventions like the Memex, and his concepts for photography. Mr. Bush was truly able to think out side the box and into the future of information storage. While his inventions may not have been developed, the ideas behind them certainly have grown further than he may have imagined. in place of a desk that retains information the average person now possesses some type of computer — whether its a laptop, desktop, or phone — and access to a world of information. this advance in technology as Bush pointed out is largely due to the ability to manufacture the parts economically. his ideas on the advancement of cameras, are still in the making as well, but over all his predictions on our technological present have been quite accurate.

It brings to question of what Vannevar Bush would say was in store for the next sixty years. With climate changes, population booms, and socio political upheaval, the world will be experiencing a new need for technological development. this technological development could take the form of the bio-dome theory either on a planet that will undergo tera-forming or under the ocean leading to the mapping of the sea floor. there is no doubt that in sixty years the weapons of today will look lie toys as people continue to find better ways of killing one another.  these new weapons could in fact mirror those found in video games like Hale, and Star Wars, where they discharge energy in place of physical matter. As long as the robots don’t become sentient and try to take over the world the next sixty years should bing some technological wonders.


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