the coolest dude of 1945

If you are a web designer, an information technology student, a cyber punk, a philosopher, a business man, a parent, a church goer or a life form that dares to claim intelligence, then you should know Dr. Vannevar Bush. A former Massachusetts Institute of Technology president and Director of the wartime Office of Scientific Research and Development who urged scientists to turn their energies from war in the mid 1940s to the task of making the vast store of human knowledge accessible and useful. Go read the world changing article As We May Think. The following is a short excerpt…

“The applications of science have built man a well-supplied house, and are teaching him to live healthily therein. They have enabled him to throw masses of people against one another with cruel weapons. They may yet allow him truly to encompass the great record and to grow in the wisdom of race experience. He may perish in conflict before he learns to wield that record for his true good. Yet, in the application of science to the needs and desires of man, it would seem to be a singularly unfortunate stage at which to terminate the process, or to lose hope as to the outcome…” ~ excerpt from As We May Think by Vannevar Bush on The Atlantic Online.

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