>> The Vannevar Bush Connection >> 1-2-3
is not unusual, considering Bushs position in computer
technology history, that this real person be included in
a fictional anime. In Landows Hypertext 2.0,
Bush is credited with inventing the concept of "hypertext."
In 1945, he "called for mechanically linked information-retrieval
machines to help scholars and decision makers faced with
what was already becoming an explosion of information"
(Landow, 7). Bush knew the need for retrieving vast amounts
of information in a short amount of time would be essential
for functioning in the modern world. Not only must that
information be accessed methodically, but it must also be
stored. This led to Bushs idea of the Memex machine,
"a more efficient, more human, mode of manipulating
fact and imagination" (Landow, 8). Bush envisioned
information stored on microfilm that could be searched through
on a desktop. Before the dawn of the Internet, Bush had
already created an outline of what the Internet would develop
into. The irony is that Bush felt that this new method of
information retrieval emulated the ways in which the human
mind operated, thus creating a more human-based machine.
In Lain, it would seem that this concept of humanity
situated in the computer world is at risk, as humans are
lost in the Wired.
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