The telegraph room at the original Mundaneum in Brussels.
In 1934, Otlet sketched out plans for a global network of computers (or “electric telescopes,” as he called them) that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files. He described how people would use the devices to send messages to one another, share files and even congregate in online social networks. He called the whole thing a “réseau,” which might be translated as “network” — or arguably, “web.”
The New York Times, The Web Time Forgot
Two years later, Shoghi Effendi wrote:
A mechanism of world intercommunication will be devised, embracing the whole planet, freed from national hindrances and restrictions, and functioning with marvelous swiftness and perfect regularity.
Shoghi Effendi, World unity the goal, 1936
Or was Shoghi Effendi plagiarising the ideas of Hermia S. E. Nobileo, D.D., Ph.D, the founder of the First Church of Metaphysical Science?
We must have a mechanism of world inter-communication, embracing this entire “Earth” “Plane”, freed from inter-national hindrances and restrictions, and functioning with perfect regularity.
Hermia S. E. Nobileo, The Path to World Peace, 1927