Vannevar Bush fully envisioned the World Wide Web 50 years before it actually appeared. Like Babbage's Analytical Engine, it was never built. He called his "web browser" a Memex. The design used electrical wires and microfilm files filling a desk to create the equivalent experience of web surfing - in particular, "hyperlinking" one page of data to another. There are two screens, one for visual display of information, and another - a touch-sensitive pad - for writing and drawing.
Tech Time Warp of the Week: The World’s First Hard Drive, 1956 | The RAMAC hard drive included 50 vertically stacked disks that spun at 1,200 RPM. Photo: Mark Richards/Computer History Museum. | WIRED.com