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My friend Jake from Insider Agitation posted this on my Myspace page and I’m really interested by it. The early-twentieth-century Belgian information scientist Paul Otlet predicted the basic infrastructure of the Internet in a vision so uncannily exact it’s almost eery considering he wrote the essay in 1934. He called it “The Radiated Library” or, alternately, “The Televised Book” and described the necessary network of connections as “an immense edifice”. He predicted browser windows, speakers and video. it seems as influential to me as Babbage‘s “Difference Engine“.

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