Das Internet ist ein tragbares, ausgelagertes Gedächtnis, ein Menschheitstraum ging in Erfüllung: H. G. Wells, der Schriftsteller, stellte sich in den Dreißigerjahren ein »Weltgehirn« vor, mit dem die gesamte menschliche Erinnerung jedem Einzelnen zugängig gemacht werden könnte. Heute kann man jederzeit und überall fast alles wissen.

Axel Hacke: Das Beste aus aller Welt. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Nr. 28, 15.07.2011, S. 38

(…) schrieb er einen nicht fiktiven Aufsatz mit dem Titel „World Brain: The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopedia“, (Weltgehirn: die Idee einer ständigen Weltenzyklopädie), der 1937 veröffentlicht.

Matthew Ogden: Noosphäre contra Blogosphäre. 03.12.207

World Brain is a collection of essays and addresses the English science fiction pioneer, social reformer, evolutionary biologist and historian H. G. Wells authored during the period 1936-38. Throughout the book, Wells describes his vision of the world brain: a new, free, synthetic, authoritative, permanent „World Encyclopaedia“ that could help world citizens make the best use of universal information resources and make the best contribution to world peace.

Wikipedia, s.v. World Brain

Both the assembling and the distribution of knowledge in the world at present are extremely ineffective, and thinkers of the forward-looking type whose ideas we are now considering, are beginning to realize that the most hopeful line for the development of our racial intelligence lies rather in the direction of creating a new world organ for the collection, indexing, summarizing and release of knowledge, than in any further tinkering with the highly conservative and resistant university system, local, national and traditional in texture, which already exists. These innovators, who may be dreamers today, but who hope to become very active organizers tomorrow, project a unified, if not a centralized, world organ to „pull the mind of the world together“, which will be not so much a rival to the universities, as a supplementary and co-ordinating addition to their educational activities – on a planetary scale.

The phrase „Permanent World Encyclopaedia“ conveys the gist of these ideas. As the core of such an institution would be a world synthesis of bibliography and documentation with the indexed archives of the world. A great number of workers would be engaged perpetually in perfecting this index of human knowledge and keeping it up to date.

H.G. Wells: World Brain; The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopaedia. Contribution to the new Encyclopédie Française, August of 1937