State of Information Technology Today

From reading the Bush article, it seems that the state of information technology has remained much the same.  Bush writes, “The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers—conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear.” From this statement, we can see that he felt that too much information existed for scientists to be able to complete their work.  His article was about finding new technologies that help researchers complete their work in a more efficient way by providing them with easier ways to access and organize the available information.  This dilemma still seems to remain today.  Vast amounts of information are available to anyone today and we, as a society, are always inventing new technologies to allow for better access to this information.  In addition, our society seems to want this information much more quickly and that is the reason we have smart phones and tablets, so we to gain access to the information we need no matter where we are.  Even in libraries, new technologies are being created or changed to allow for greater access to this information.  As new technologies are created, libraries are incorporating them to allow their patrons to gain access to the needed information.  Overall, it seems that there is still a vast amount of information available to researchers and the technology to gain access to that information is constantly improving.

 

Side note — Something I found interesting in the Bush article was the “memex.” While reading the description of it, I kept thinking about the computer.  “A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.”  This line in particular really made me think of the personal computer or even the tablet.  We store our lives on our computers and it is just like an extension of our memory.

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