Sunday, September 23, 2007

As we may think, By Vannevar Bush

Vannevar Bush has written an essay directed to a scientist, (or anyone appreciative of innovative thinking) explaining his view on technology today and tomorrow. What's striking about his thoughts is that they were published July 1945, towards the tail end of World War II. Consequently during the era of Einstein's Manhattan project; the atom bomb. Bush highlights his awareness of physists creating intelligent weapons, and the fact that he believes they should use the energy to help create benefits for mankind. Bush includes in his essay the electronic process of developing and printing pictures and how in the future cameras will be equipped with: faster material and lenses, automaic functions and finer-grained sensitive comounds". Bush inadvertantly predicts digital pictutes, as well as the computer as we know it today. In additon, throughout the essay Bush makes references to what I believe is the micro-chip, as he referes to data being stored in a tiny structure. Bush brings up the question of whether or not people are making good use of the immense amount of technology, while acknowelding that it has made for a higher quality of life.
Bush has predicted technology like digital photography and the computer, because he is a profiecient scientific leader and has made the best of his career. Therfore he has taken in to consideration the fact that in the last century there have been great steps forward from the catalyst that was the two world wars. The 20th has been known as the century of the silicon chip as the 21st has been known as the age of the gene and the human genome.
It's a fact that human knowledge has become more available for example through the world wide web, it's convienient and relatively simple to access knowledge through the internet especially since there are web-crawler like google readily available. This has been a significant advancement made apparent in the last decade. The question whether if it is a positive or negative aspect on civilization is a hotly debated topic. I'm going to have to go on the positive side, basically because it's a glass is half empty/ half full argument. Sure there are drawbacks to so much information, one being that it may be mis-interprated and harmful. On the other side this large amount of info, can help people grow and expand with information that will lead to futher and better developments.

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