A memex in every web browser

By admin
When

Mathew Modine
PERSON

’s character

first
ORDINAL

shows up in

Christopher Nolan
PERSON

’s

Oppenheimer
ORG

, I figured the rest of the cinema audience wouldn’t have appreciated me shouting out “

VANNEVAR
WORK_OF_ART


BUSH
PERSON

IN THE

HOUSE
ORG

!” so I screamed it on the inside.


The Manhattan Project
ORG

was not his only claim to fame or infamy. When it comes to the world we now live in,

Bush
PERSON

’s idea of the

memex
PERSON

has been almost equally influential. His article As We May Think became a touchstone for

Douglas Engelbart
PERSON

and later

Tim Berners-Lee
PERSON

.

But as

Matt Thompson
PERSON

points out:

…the device he describes does not resemble the internet or anything I’ve ever found on it.

Then he says:

What

Bush
PERSON

was describing sounds to me like what you might get if you turned a browser history — the most neglected piece of the software — into a robust and fully featured machine of its own. It would help you map the path you charted through a web of knowledge, refine those maps, order them, and share them

Yes! This!!

I 100%
PERCENT

agree with the description of browser history as “the most neglected piece of the software.” While I wouldn’t go as far as

Chris
PERSON

when he says web browsers kind of suck, I’m kind of amazed that there hasn’t been more innovation and competition in this space.

If anything we’ve outsourced the management of our browsing history to services like Delicious and

Pinboard
ORG

, or to tools like

Obsidian
ORG

and

Roam Research
ORG

. Heck, the links section of my website is my attempt to manage and annotate my own associative trails.

Imagine if that were baked right into a web browser. Then imagine how beautiful such a rich source of data might look.

Like

Matt
PERSON

says: