Second Nugget


J.C.R. Licklider predicts the future of technology in this 1960 quote:

“In not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today.”

In 2014, 54 years after Licklider wrote these words, we now have computer information systems that allow us to instantly connect with other individuals, sell products, and easily gather information in ways that could not have been imagined in the 1960’s. Licklider’s theory was solely based on the present abilities of computer systems to store data and process mathematical information at fast rates, but conventions and systems like the internet in 2014 would have never been imagined. Still, this quote shows that Licklider definitely foresaw the impact that computer based technology would have on modern and affluent human society.



This 2009 survey shows that a majority of facebook users were among 18-25 year old ands 26-34 year olds, individuals who were old enough to effectively utilize the new technology information systems available by easy access to computers and the internet. Facebook allows users to easily communicate to each other, and allows advertising services to easily access a huge market of users with ads and services. Everything from games to dating services are sold to users on Facebook, and if information system technologies like Computers and now smart-phones were to disappear, hundreds of billions of dollars in international business would be effected.

Licklider understood our growing symbiosis with technology, and in our present day we can see that his words are more true than he may have possibly imagined.

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