Blog Past: Constructing the Memex

I wrote this six years ago – and the idea still lingers, though it is coming alive in different shapes and forms on the Web.

…Imagine if each of us could build out…personal directories – outlines of topics and connections to other directories, people and documents. Much of this would happen automatically as we browsed and marked pages of interest, embellishing them with our comments. When we search, it would first scan our world of relevant information rather than the world wide web of documents.

In other words, each of us would have a microcosm of the information space, created and updated continuously by what we did. It would ensure that our ideas would have a context, that we would never forget something, and that we could leverage on similar work done by millions of others like us. This is the real two-way web – linking not just documents, but people, ideas and information.

Vannevar Bush imagined just such a system – in 1945. He called it the Memex.

3 thoughts on “Blog Past: Constructing the Memex

  1. Rajesh -Google Notebook and other services may be doing it, but I some how do not find it using much.
    I am not sure if this idea will help as if I want to look out for a idea again I will search again and the context seems to re-established.

  2. Rajesh,

    Yes. I like the idea of personal (personality) search.
    I keep searching google and based on what i look into (the pages i view, time i spend on such pages, etc.,etc.,)
    a personal preference can be formed
    (personality book keeping can be done in my laptop)
    which google can again use while i search for a new topic.

    Is there a tool like that available?….only google can
    do it i think…which needs tingering into their search
    and indexing engine!! and a communication with my laptop. The adwords will make much more
    impact in this case.