“There is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers—conclusions which he cannot find time to grasp, much less to remember, as they appear. Yet specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress, and the effort to bridge between disciplines is correspondingly superficial.” (Bush 1)
When reading this nugget from Vannevar Bush’s article “As We May Think” it reminded me of another segment in Bush’s article regarding photocells. This segment made me question how far advances in photocells have traveled. In fact a photocell has been constructed to perform, based on resolution, better than the human eye. I continued to question why advances have not been linked to treating people with visual disabilities. Maybe it is because we have not become proficient in both areas of research.
After specializing in the human body and photocell technology, then the bridge can be built between them. In fact the bridge is slowly being built as we speak, since the human eye and cameras share similar properties. These advances are shown here where an electronic retina eye implant has already been performed and also in a more advanced case of a bionic eye!
Although the research is there, specialization in building that bridge takes a longer time to happen. In this case connecting the human body and photocell technology would be the case of research. Before building that bridge specialization in the human body and photocells must be mastered. Indeed specialization is bogging research down because research cannot continue without mastering all the smaller levels leading up to that piece of research. There will always be a new research topic once something is specialized, it never ends. If research were a pyramid then specialization would be the foundation/building block of each level.