MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
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9. Key Figures: Vannevar Bush, Douglas Engelbart, Ted Nelson

Mon Oct 04, 2004

Figures concerned with the interactions between human beings and computers, including the field that comes to be known as Human-Computer Interaction. In each case, the thinkers have large visions about where computers and computer-human interaction may be heading.

I. Vannevar Bush

II. Douglas Engelbart

III. Ted Nelson


Study Questions

  1. What connections can you draw between Vannevar Bush's scientific interests and his military ones? Is he what Eisenhower was worried about?
  2. In what sense do humans and computers interact the way Bush seems to have expected? Is the web a "virtual" Memex?
  3. How does Engelbart's notion of "augmentation" square up against McLuhan's idea of "extension"?
  4. Having read Bush, Engelbart and about Nelson, what do you think hypertext is? Is the web hypertext or not? Why or why not?

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