Read about the motivation behind and theory of the Memex device, in the History of Computer’s page “The Memex of Vannevar Bush.” The page also includes excerpts from Bush’s original article written on Memex, titled “As We May Think.” Published in 1945, the article constructed the theoretical Memex from existing technology, and ┬ámade suggestions for the directions in which future technology might proceed in order to better aid humans and our stores of knowledge.


Watch this video recording of an animated Memex, which was rendered in 1995 from the diagrams in Bush’s article.