Definitions

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  • n. A proposed computer system, implemented with electromechanical controls and microfilm equipment, that would permit a researcher to follow and annotate topics of interest, analogous to later hypertext technologies.

Etymologies

Coined by Vannevar Bush from memory + index in his article As We May Think (1945) in The Atlantic Monthly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the article Bush proposed what he called a memex – a system that in some ways anticipated the web.

    Memex

  • A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility …

    The Road to the Information Age

  • A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility.

    Technology & Innovation

  • Only a small part of the interior of the memex is devoted to storage, the rest to mechanism.

    As We May Think

  • Dr. Bush conceptualized a "private library," coined "memex" memory index in his essay, which could ingest the "mountain of research," and use associative indexing -- how we think -- to correlate trusted data to support human decision making.

    Steve Hamby: Top Three Technologies to Tame the Big Data Beast

  • Envisioning the Web, 60 Years Ago By Chris Sherman, Searchday Feb 28 A look back to Vannevar Bush's famous article, As We May Think, in which he envisioned a 'memex' for storing and interlinking information.

    Internet News: Internet Culture Archives

  • It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, "memex" will do.

    The Speculist: Cyberpunk Came Early

  • Vannevar Bush wrote the first description of the potential uses for information technology with his description of the "memex" automated library system.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • His idea: "A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility.

    CNET News.com

  • Cloud technologies e.g., Map Reduce, Hadoop are currently used to create industrial-strength analytics that automate some of the associative indexing that required manual interaction in "memex."

    Steve Hamby: Top Three Technologies to Tame the Big Data Beast

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