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As We May Think

As We May Think is an often cited vision of future integration of all forms of media.

This essay was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in July of 1945.

We will read this with the benefit of nearly 64 years of hindsight.

Projecting into our future, what forms of media do you think will exist in the next decade and how would you want to use them?

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Wikipedia (the free on-line encyclopedia) is an example of the type of resource that Vannevar Bush imagines in his article "As We May Think" first published in The Atlantic Monthly in July 1945. Wikipedia provides a sort of Cliff Notes version of this eleven page article identifying the key point that Bush argues. This point is that humans should shift efforts from the war and military towards increased scientific endeavors and research as well as developing innovative technologies to preserve and make accessible all of human knowledge. Apparently this article was a revision of an earlier work from 1939 called Mechanization and the Record. What struck me as I was reading it was how similar a position we are in today as we emerge from 911 and the eight years of the Bush Administration's increased war development in the Middle East. Our economic downfall provides the new Obama administration with increased opportunities to stimulate the economy and make innovative headway into environmental, social, political, and cultural policy. The new hope begs innovative use of new technologies and tools such as Facebook and the Internet provide opportunities for democratic dissemination of information and ideas, as well as beg input and access by and for the masses.

Projecting into our future, what forms of media do you think will exist in the next decade and how would you want to use them?

Already new media and technology has found many uses that we never could have imagined. From the personal to the political ....a person can use imaging technology to decide to color or cut their hair and see what the outcome will be before the physical experience has occurred. The past election demonstrated the powerful use of the internet and face book to provide profound changes to how fundraising and community organizing occurs. I imagine in the future that virtual reality could be used to fight wars so human beings would not have to die. Virtual reality could become even more mainstream and provide many alternate realities to each individual when selecting their professions. While so many of these technologies are available to us in games and entertainment, we have yet to really tap all of the integrated opportunities they can provide to us in education and business. We could use virtual reality and new media as social forecasting tools to explore how decision making will enchance or be detrimental to the world. This could be applied to many aspects of the sociocultural landscape but could have profound impact in making strong arguments about how to save the environment. If we could illustrate detrimental effects before they happen perhaps there would be more of a profound impact on changing people's habits and perceptions that would lead to real changes and improvements.

Wikipedia (the free on-line encyclopedia) is an example of the type of resource that Vannevar Bush imagines in his article "As We May Think" first published in The Atlantic Monthly in July 1945. Wikipedia provides a sort of Cliff Notes version of this eleven page article identifying the key point that Bush argues. This point is that humans should shift efforts from the war and military towards increased scientific endeavors and research as well as developing innovative technologies to preserve and make accessible all of human knowledge. Apparently this article was a revision of an earlier work from 1939 called Mechanization and the Record. What struck me as I was reading it was how similar a position we are in today as we emerge from 911 and the eight years of the Bush Administration's increased war development in the Middle East. Our economic downfall provides the new Obama administration with increased opportunities to stimulate the economy and make innovative headway into environmental, social, political, and cultural policy. The new hope begs innovative use of new technologies and tools such as Facebook and the Internet provide opportunities for democratic dissemination of information and ideas, as well as beg input and access by and for the masses.

Law Professor Predicts Wikipedia’s Demise

Wikipedia will fail in four years, crushed under the weight of an automated assault by marketers and others seeking online traffic.

So says law professor Eric Goldman, who predicts Wikipedia’s downfall in a blog post made on Tuesday. Goldman predicted a five-year lifespan for Wikipedia last year, and this post represents a reiteration of his position.

Goldman, a professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, argues that Wikipedia will see increasingly vigorous efforts to subvert its editorial process, much as Digg has seen. As marketers become more determined and turn to automated tools to alter Wikipedia entries to generate online traffic, Goldman predicts Wikipedians will burn out trying to keep entries clean.

Source: Information Week

Law Professor Predicts Wikipedia’s Demise

Wikipedia will fail in four years, crushed under the weight of an automated assault by marketers and others seeking online traffic.

So says law professor Eric Goldman, who predicts Wikipedia’s downfall in a blog post made on Tuesday. Goldman predicted a five-year lifespan for Wikipedia last year, and this post represents a reiteration of his position.

Goldman, a professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, argues that Wikipedia will see increasingly vigorous efforts to subvert its editorial process, much as Digg has seen. As marketers become more determined and turn to automated tools to alter Wikipedia entries to generate online traffic, Goldman predicts Wikipedians will burn out trying to keep entries clean.

Source: Information Week