The past week has taught me a lot more about the dreamers that I selected and the point that they were trying to get across in their respective articles. The activity that we did in class where we briefly reviewed and compared the dreamers helped me get into their mindset and look at things from different perspectives. My peers also helped me view things in a different perspective, making the goal of my blog, Mapping My Dreamers, a lot easier to write. The three dreamers that I chose were Doug Engelbart, Ted Nelson, and J.C.R. Licklider. I chose these three because I personally felt like even though they discuss their dreams of the future at different periods in time, they all fairly had the same ideas, even going on to say that they may have been influenced by each others ideas when writing their own. Research for my final project will revolve around the similarities between computers and the human brain, more so looking into how people connect with each other using the internet and gain more and more knowledge through various networks on the web, kind of like how our brains work making neurological connections through the various networks in our bodies that make us who we are. I believe that the dreamers I chose could further help me in my research with their recurring ideas of us using computers to help us evolve as humans into something greater.
My Three Dreamers:
Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework – Doug C. Engelbart
Computer Lib/ Dream Machines – Ted Nelson
Man-computer Symbiosis – J.C.R. Licklider
Advancement of technology – All three of these articles talk about how technology has advanced overtime and continues to advance as society finds new problems to solve, not only talking about computers, but also the tools that we use everyday, including our minds.
Use of computers – The gist of these articles are especially similar with this concept in that they believe computers and and the use of media and the worldwide web will help us prosper and grow at an exponential rate.
Evolution of thinking – Engelbart specifically touches on this subject in the beginning of his article, as he mentions that man continuously finds new problems and solutions to them everyday which has caused us to adapt and evolve overtime, making us smarter and smarter. The other two author also touch on this by saying that using computers and taking advantage of our media resources will help us tremendously with these problems.
Future of humans – I think that each author can agree with each other on the fact that the future will hold big things for us. They each predict in their own way that computers will be the centerfold of all of it.
Overall Similarities – The main points that I have taken from each of these dreamers is that working together towards a common goal as opposed to separately and selfishly will help better our society and make the world a better place, and computers will be the focal point of this for the growth of our knowledge and learning. We have come a long way from using simple tools for survival, and the possibilities for our future are endless considering the advancement of tools today. One of our biggest accomplishments in my opinion is the creation of the computer, because I think it is like an artificial brain, which continues to grow in knowledge everyday, just as the human brain does.