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Reflections

IX.3 May 2002
Page: 56
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Multimedia in 1938


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In 1945, Vannevar Bush wrote his famous paper "As we may think" [1]. He speculated on possible uses of current and foreseeable technology in information management on a vast scale, at a time when practically no mechanical assistance for such work existed. Bush makes no reference to any existing machine resembling a computer, but he predicts something very like one, and proposes applications far beyond those occupying the minds of people developing the infant computers at that time. How would someone of that time design a multimedia system? It is reasonable to expect that—just as Bush extrapolated the abilities…




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