Libraries, Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence: J. C. R. Licklider and the Libraries of the Future


In 1965, J. C. R. Licklider published a book regarding the “Libraries of the future”. This book was soon almost forgotten when a different paradigm of computing, partially created by Licklider himself, became dominant. However, a re-reading of the book, in hindsight, not only gives a glimpse of a seminal moment in the history human interaction with computers but allows a chance to see in a different light many issues still relevant to the field.


J. C. R. Licklider; History of computing; History of interfaces; Speech understanding; History of libraries.

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