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Tuesday, January 07, 2003

A life in bits and bytes. In the July 1945 issue of the Atlantic Monthly, tech visionary Vannevar Bush had written of a future personal device in which an individual could store all his books, records, communications, etc. and which could be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. Bush envisaged it to be an enlarged intimate supplement to an individual's memory.

Now, fifty-seven years later, Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell, working in a Microsoft project at the Bay Area Research Centre in San Francisco, has sort of realized Vannevar Bush's vision.

He has developed a prototype of the device envisaged by Bush and since 1998, he's been recording his life in bits and bytes. Read Gordon Bell's interview that recently appeared on CNet News.com.


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