In the non-mathematical field there is wide scope for the use of [computing] techniques in things such as filing systems. It is not inconceivable that an automatic encyclopaedia service, operated through the national teleprinter or telephone system, will one day exist.
— Trevor Pearcey, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Australia, 1948. Quoted in Electronic Brains: Stories from the Dawn of the Computer Age. Hat tip to the Downlode Etext Library.
Visionary thinking, 53 years before the launch of Wikipedia.
Let’s do some visionary thinking of our own, and expand the kind and amount of knowledge available freely online, and the ways of making it available.
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