Archive for September, 2010

On “Augmenting Human Intellect”

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I’m glad I had the opportunity to read this excerpt from Douglas Englebart’s Augmenting Human Intellect, in order to learn more about the legendary Mr. Englebart. He had lofty goals, an organized mind, and  a clear vision, or “framework”, as he called it. He apparently was way ahead of his time in envisioning the possiblities of technology to augment the humand mind with it’s ability to store, manipulate, and recall information.  

His example of  writing a sentence with a pencil, and then fastening a pencil to a brick and writing the same sentence that way, was illustrative of the  “de-augmentation” process, and thus of the augmentation concept.

Week One

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

It was exciting to hear about the New Media Seminar and what we will be covering in the weeks to come. It was an interesting discussion around Janet Murray’s “Inventing the Medium”. I related to her talking about the traditions of the scientists/engineers and the storytellers/theorists coming together to form a “new medium”. I have seen a lot of very creative things that people have done with technology, so that spoke to me in that respect.