The Memex, a visionary concept.
Vannevar Bush writes in Memex Revisited “For Memex, the problem is not swift access, but selective access”. Bush states that although the code-reading and potential linking capabilities of the rapid selector would be key to the creation of Memex, there is still an issue of enabling “moderately rapid access to really large memory storage”.
“There is an issue concerning selection, Bush conveys, and despite the fact that improvements have been made in the speed of digital selection, according to Bush, “selection, in the broad sense, is still a stone adze in the hands of the cabinetmaker”. Bush goes on to discuss the record-making process and how Memex could incorporate systems of voice-control and user-propagated learning.He proposes a machine that could respond to “simple remarks” as well as build trailsbased on its user’s “habits of association,” as Belinda Barnet described them in “The Technical Evolution of Vannevar Bush’s Memex.” Barnet also makes the distinction between the idea of a constructive Memex and the “permanent trails” described in As We May Think, and attributes Bush’s machine learning concepts to Claude Shannon’s mechanical mouse and work with “feedback and machine learning”.” – wikipedia: the memex
“Douglas Engelbart [..] with Bush’s visions in mind, commenced work that would later lead to the invention of the mouse. Ted Nelson, who coined the terms “hypertext” and “hypermedia”, was also greatly influenced by Bush’s essay.” – wikipedia: Vannevar Bush