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“As We May Think”-Vannevar Bush November 20, 2008

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“Of what lasting benefit has been man’s use of science and of the new instruments which his research brought into existence? First, they have increased his control of his material environment. They have improved his food, his clothing, his shelter; they have increased his security and released him partly from the bondage of bare existence.”-Vannevar Bush

I’ve heard something similar to this. It has something to do with all the household gadgets that started coming out to help alleviate the housework. As a result, however, is that they actually created more work. By having all these new, helpful tools, they cleared the way to create more work.

That’s pretty neat when you think about it because you look at an invention, it’s supposed to make your life easier but it makes it more difficult. Maybe difficult is not the right word because some inventions are difficult and we adjust to them. Take the internet for example; there is so much information available now and our workload just got heavier. Not only do we have to sift through tons of information, but we now need to distinguish between what is reliable and what is going to infect our computers. Although we have a helpful tool, we now have more work to do in distinguishing and searching.


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