Still building the memex

  title={Still building the memex},
  author={Stephen Davies},
  journal={Communications of the ACM},
  pages={80 - 88}
  • S. Davies
  • Published 1 February 2011
  • Medicine
  • Communications of the ACM
What would it take for a true personal knowledge base to generate the benefits envisioned by Vannevar Bush? 

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