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  1. Sep 2022
    1. Science has provided the swiftest communicationbetween individuals; it has provided a record of ideas andhas enabled man to manipulate and to make extracts fromthat record so that knowledge evolves and endures through-out the life of a race rather than that of an individual

      I believe especially the evolution of technology and new devices made this transition and provision of "the swiftest communication between individuals" possible. For the advancement of knowledge, the sharing and transferring of knowledge is the most important, so this transition was extremely important.

    2. When he pulls a lever, contacts are madethrough the holes, machinery at a central point makes thenecessary computations and entries, and the proper receiptis printed for the salesman to pass to the customer.

      Automating daily actions leads to a faster progress by putting people's efforts to other matters, and this process has been repeated for a long time

    3. Hecan add marginal notes andcomments, taking advantage ofone possible type of dry photog-raphy, and it could even bearranged so that he can do thisby a stylus scheme, such as isnow employed in the telauto-graph seen in railroad waitingrooms, just as though he hadthe physical page before him.

      This makes me wonder, will there be a distinguishing factor between physical and virtual components of the world in the future?

    4. Wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear,ready-made with a mesh of associative trails run-ning through them, ready to be dropped into thememex and there amplified.

      Makes me think about what other forms of representing knowledge may appear in the future. Considering there are many types of learners--visual learners, for example--there may be a great variety of methods to store knowledge going forward.

    5. He has built acivilization so complex that he needs to mechanize hisrecord more fully if he is to push his experiment to itslogical conclusion and not merely become bogged downpart way there by overtaxing his limited memory

      Building a base of knowledge and maintaining all of the complex technology and content of innovations itself has become a discipline of study, and new innovations are constantly improving how efficient we are storing the memory of humankind.

    6. Onecannot hope thus to equal the speed and flexibility withwhich the mind follows an associative trail, but it should bepossible to beat the mind decisively in regard to the perma-nence and clarity of the items resurrected from storage

      I agree, but at the same time, I wonder if the new modern technologies that imitate the human mind could eventually surpass the flexibility and speed of human thinking. In recent times, Google's AI system (LaMDA) convinced several people that it has consciousness. I wonder if one could aspire to equal the speed and flexibility that this article mentioned in terms of human mind.

    7. In fact, every timeone combines and recordsfacts in accordance withestablished logical process-es, the creative aspect ofthinking is concerned onlywith the selection of thedata and the process to beemployed, and the manip-ulation thereafter is repeti-tive in nature and hence afit matter to be relegatedto the machines

      I am not sure if I agree with this statement, since for every discipline, the details of manipulating the data, refining, and creatively thinking may be vastly different. Can one really confidently declare that after the selection of data, the manner of thinking and manipulation of specific data can be generalized?