(somewhat) OT: Bill Atkinson on HC - but rather Vannevar Bush in July 1945

sanke at hrz.uni-kassel.de sanke at hrz.uni-kassel.de
Wed Jun 20 15:58:34 EDT 2018

On Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:42:49 +0000 Bob Sneidar 
<bobsneidar at iotecdigital.com> wrote:
> So we are all just a part of Bill's acid trip eh? Nice. Bob S
>> On Jun 18, 2018, at 19:01 , Mark Wieder via use-livecode<use-livecode at lists.runrev.com>  wrote:
>> http://www.mondo2000.com/2018/06/18/the-inspiration-for-hypercard/
>> -- 
>> Mark Wieder
>> ahsoftware at gmail.com
I think the very first impulse to envision and later develop the internet, worldwide multimedia connections, and eventually x-talk languages like Hypercard etc. came from Vannevar Bush in July 1945 without the help of acid or other substances in his famous article in the Atlantic Magazine bearing the title "As We May Think"


 From the introduction to his article:

> /As Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Dr. 
> Vannevar Bush has coordinated the activities of some six thousand 
> leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare. 
> In this significant article he holds up an incentive for scientists 
> when the fighting has ceased. He urges that men of science should then 
> turn to the massive task of making more accessible our bewildering 
> store of knowledge. For years inventions have extended man's physical 
> powers rather than the powers of his mind. Trip hammers that multiply 
> the fists, microscopes that sharpen the eye, and engines of 
> destruction and detection are new results, but not the end results, of 
> modern science. Now, says Dr. Bush, instruments are at hand which, if 
> properly developed, will give man access to and command over the 
> inherited knowledge of the ages. The perfection of these pacific 
> instruments should be the first objective of our scientists as they 
> emerge from their war work. Like Emerson's famous address of 1837 on 
> "The American Scholar," this paper by Dr. Bush calls for a new 
> relationship between thinking man and the sum of our knowledge. — THE 
Best regards,

Wilhelm Sanke

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