After reading Vannevar Bush’s article As We May Think, it made me realize that even after all the fighting of World War II, scientists started to prepare for the future and that Bush was a man who was ready for the technology to change and evolve. Bush wanted to make life easier for everyone. He wanted a way it seemed to categorize data and findings to make them more accessible and easier to locate. Bush wanted it be a way to not loose all the knowledgeable findings and to get them together on a computer like device he called a “memex”, as Hailey stated in her earlier post. And after really digging and to this reading I could understand why. In the article Bush states,” Mendel’s concept of the laws of genetics was lost to the world for a generation because his publication did not reach the few who were capable of grasping and extending it; and this sort of catastrophe is undoubtedly being repeated all about us, as truly significant attainments become lost in the mass of the inconsequential.” And to loose something so amazing and realizing it wasn’t able to be researched the way it could have been because it got lost and didn’t reach the hands of the proper people to better study Mendel’s concept makes me wonder if we could have had an advancement like Bush wanted at that time could there be a cure for certain diseases that were just popping up and being studied, would we have been better prepared for the Japanese before that early morning in December of 1942.
There was a lot in his article he went on to discuss about film and how at that time it still had a long way to go and develop. To me, I sit back and think of all the things I have or even what we as a more developed civilization have that we didn’t have back then and how they weren’t connected to their phones or constantly taking “selfies,” and uploading them within seconds to our favorite social media sites. It also makes me want to go back to a somewhat simpler time to remember to go see the real beauty in things instead of just goggling it from the convenience of my laptop that can do so much for me but I can do so little for it. It also made me question will there be a time when humans become useless and technology is the new form of human and is there a way to control what could come next.
I think Bush was ready for technological advancements and was ready to make life easier for himself and other around him. I don’t know if this is what he would have wanted but I would like to think majority of the new technology that has developed over time and current would be something he would enjoy and be proud of.