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This reading brings to mind 3D graphs, databases, the sort and compare functions etc. in excel, NVivo, and those great spectacles that overwrite information as you look at stuff. Also that mainstay of chemical engineering – systems analysis.

Interesting that englelbart never takes the human mind out of the equation: ‘It is so nice to be able to tear it apart, establish our own definitions, and substitute, restructure, append notes, and …’. And his ideas also include ways of pulling in other human intervention too. Presaging the wiki model perhaps?

Very impressive for 1962.

And for all those engineering skeptics, check out his goal in the opening preface to the chapter!

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