Tech Le réseau du monde
posted by June 17 at 11:09 AMon
The New York Times has a neat article today on Paul Otlet, a Belgian who imagined the internet 57 years before the first web browser was released:
In 1934, Otlet sketched out plans for a global network of computers (or “electric telescopes,” as he called them) that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files. He described how people would use the devices to send messages to one another, share files and even congregate in online social networks. He called the whole thing a “réseau,” which might be translated as “network” — or arguably, “web.”
A short excerpt from a documentary about Otlet, describing his idea for the “electric telescope” network in his treatise Le livre sur le livre.
Otlet is also credited with being the first to declare: “l’Internet est pour la pornographie!”