But while I’m on the subject, let me make this comment: I’ve always believed that Bush believed that someone would come up with a better name for his proposed device eventually. That if this device was ever built, or something like it, it would have a different name. I submit to you this:
Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, “memex” will do.
Now, I’ve always considered that line a bit disingenuous; if Bush had really chosen a name at random, he would have called it something like “mwavpwnrvt” (thanks to my favorite random-number generator for that). That aside, though, I suppose someone did come up with a better name: hypertext. Which brings me to the other point I wanted to make: the fact that the memex never got built & hypertext has taken over the universe, is absolutely a vindication of the principle of “never do in hardware what you can do in software”.