“It seems reasonable to envision, for a time 10 or 15 years hence, a “thinking center” that will incorporate the functions of present-day libraries together with anticipated advances in information storage and retrieval and the symbiotic functions suggested earlier in this paper. The picture readily enlarges itself into a network of such centers, connected to one another by wide-band communication lines and to individual users by leased-wire services. In such a system, the speed of the computers would be balanced, and the cost of the gigantic memories and the sophisticated programs would be divided by the number of users.”
I’m glad Max who said, “This caught my attention because the author’s idea in this section is the basic idea of the Internet as we know it today.”, pointed out the date of when this was written. I went into this thinking it was a more modern piece. Oops.
I chose this nugget because I thought J. C. R. Licklider presents a very interesting idea. I hope I’m understanding what he’s saying, but I’m picturing a library, but with as much information as Google or an even more advanced Google. It really reminds me of the show Sherlock. There is this concept in the show called a “mind palace”. The brilliant characters in the show, like Sherlock himself, have an ability to go inside their own minds and have access to tons of information they’ve remembered, more than the average person. It makes me wonder what it would be used for and who would have access to this. Because if it would be a public library sort of set-up, I’m really jealous of future college kids.
I think it’s an interesting concept, just like the rest of Licklider’s essay. For computers and humans to work together seems to be the direction our society is headed, if we’re not already there. I liked when Virinchi described the cooperation between computers and humans by saying, “improve efficiency by using mankind’s flexibility and a computers accuracy.” I think it’s fascinating that we create these machines, yet they are now capable of solving problems many humans cannot at lightning speeds. Brooke furthers this idea of how advanced technolgy is when she states in her post, “He stated that a computer knowing 1,000 basic english words and 1,000 technical words would be enough, where Siri knows over 5,000 and that is considered limited…”. It makes me curious to see how much computers will become involved in our lives. Will we use them to the fullest? Is it possible to overdue it? And the tiniest little voice in my head is asking, could computers possibly take over? But I’m pretty sure I’ve just watched too many movies about that. Though this blogger (I’m sorry I can’t find your name) seems to agree. He/she says, “This is far off in the future of course, but it is possible that one day, the man-machine relationship can go from a symbiotic one to them seeing us as parasites and trying to eliminate us.” Overall, I think creating technology to further our own intelligence is a step in the right direction. Though, this blogger does make a good point when they say, “Until such a day, I think we would be wise to mind the distinction between the duties of a man and those of a machine.” I’m sure it will become a very highly debated topic in the future.