This year marks the 50th anniversary of Vannevar Bush's landmark paper, "As We May Think," published first in the Atlantic Monthly and subsequently in Life magazine. In honor of Dr. Bush's vision there will be a research symposium held at MIT, his academic home, on October 12 & 13, 1995.
Our outstanding collection of speakers will discuss how they were influenced in their own work by Bush's vision and its technical legacy, what parts of the vision were realized and how, and what outstanding problems remain to be solved before the vision can be fully realized. Our program, which we plan to broadcast on the Internet via Mbone, is as follows:
Thursday, October 12 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks 10:00 Douglas Engelbart 11:00 Coffee Break 11:30 Theodor Nelson 12:30 p.m. Lunch 1:30 Robert Kahn 2:30 Tim Berners-Lee 3:30 Coffee Break 4:00 Michael Lesk 5:00 Discussion 6:00 Reception 7:30 Banquet and After Dinner Speech by Douglas Adams Friday, October 13 9:00 a.m. Nicholas Negroponte 10:00 Raj Reddy 11:00 Coffee Break 11:30 Lee Sproull 12:30 p.m. Lunch 2:00 Alan Kay 3:00 Closing Remarks
You may find the following two references of interest: "From Memex to Hypertext: Vannevar Bush and the Mind's Machine" (James M. Nyce, Paul Kahn, Academic Press, 1991) includes reference text for both the Life and Atlantic Monthly versions of "As We May Think", as well as the last manuscript draft of "Memex II", dated Aug. 1957. An HTML text of the Atlantic Monthly version is also available, reproduced with permission per D. Duchier, and can be found at http://www.isg.sfu.ca/~duchier/misc/vbush/
Please see Dr. Paul Penfield's page for this event at: http://www-eecs.mit.edu/AY95-96/events/9.html
We have also assembled a timeline of Dr. Bush's life and accomplishments.
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Andries van Dam, Program Chair Paul Penfield, Jr., MIT Host Brown University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Computer Science Department of Electrical Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org and Computer Science email@example.com