[Air-l] "Wikipedia" style published book (R.Mabry-Hubbard (UMC Student))

Jay Hauben hauben at columbia.edu
Sun Oct 15 18:31:03 PDT 2006


I found it interesting to read in the announcement of the new MIT 
center the following sentence:
> The center's director, Thomas W. Malone, cited Google and Wikipedia as
> inspiration for the center. He said the basic research question there would
> be "How can people and computers be connected so that, collectively, they
> act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever
> done before?"

JCR Licklider in his 1960 paper, "Man-Computer Symbiosis" 
(http://ais.org/~jrh/licklider/man-computer_symbiosis.htmll) presented 
a vision for the direction human computer interaction would take, not 
the hope of Artificial Intelligence that computers would outstrip humans 
but the sense computers and humans would enhance each other's 
possibilities. He wrote:

"The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing 
machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting 
partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process 
data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we 
know today."

Many researchers who contributed to the development of first the 
ARPANET and then the Internet cite this early paper as inspirational.

It seems like JCR Licklider's influence continues.

Take care.


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