This article led directly to Douglas Engelbart’s “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework,” and it influenced many others besides.
For additional evidence of its power over the years, take a look at this set of videos from a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of its publication.
He founded the National Science Foundation, for one thing, thereby making the center of scientific inquiry the non-profit educational institutions of the nation, not the corporate interests.
And he took the time to write up his vision in “As We May Think” for a general audience.
I hope Vannevar Bush would be pleased to see how I’ve tried to use the great Memex-like Web we’ve built for ourselves–a Web that he could conceptualize long before anyone could actually build it.
he hypertext link is the first significant new form of punctuation to emerge in centuries, but it is only a hint of things to come.
It appeared first in , and then later in Life magazine with the famous illustrations of the Memex and, of course, the camera-eye in the center of the man’s forehead.
Go Pro cameras, you owe Vannevar Bush a debt of thanks. The Wikipedia article notes that “As We May Think” was both “visionary and influential.” Indeed it was.
Consider Pip's ruminations on his mysterious playmate and love-interest Estella: "What was it that was borne in upon my mind when she stood still and looked attentively at me? They restore a certain orderliness in the face of tremendous disorder (mirroring in one way the "synthetic" connections of hypertext prose).
The associative links unite Dickens' two major thematic obsessions: orphans and inheritances.