The story of a golden period in the 1960s and 1970s is part of the founding myth of contemporary computers. In this narrative, visionary pioneers followed a fantasy in which computers facilitated the development of powerful instruments for thinking, that is, tools to increase human intelligence. Alan Kay, one of the pioneers, summed up the optimism of this concept when he stated of the personal computer's potential: "its simple usage would really alter the mental processes of a whole society."

It's an exciting idea that contributed to the development of current interactive graphics, windowing interfaces, and word processors, among other things. However, it's impossible not to be dissatisfied in hindsight, to believe that computers have not yet had the revolutionary power of far older instruments for cognition, such as language and writing. Nowadays, it is customary in technical circles to give lip regard to earlier pioneering aspirations. However, other than nostalgia, little effort is being made to pursue the promise of revolutionary new tools for thoughts.

We feel that now is an excellent opportunity to refocus our efforts on this aim.

What it does

A transformative instrument for tools. The video is a live demo of the reader interacting with an annual ring graph. Each node in the network corresponds to a note page. The size is determined by the number of times the note will be referred to in other notes. The notes' color corresponds to the topic indicated by Arthur. The white circles represent the time rings. Each circle corresponds to a single day. The circle retains all of the notes generated on that particular day. The more notes on the ring, the more vibrant the ring.

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