Quite by accident, I found, purchased and read a very interesting book called "Total Recall".
No, it isn't about any Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Total Recall, co-written by 75 year old Microsoft Researcher Gordon Bell, is about human memory and how modern technology and life-logging will merge our bio-memory (your brain) and "e-memory" to transform the very way that we look and think about our lives.
The book chronicles the intense experiment of Gordon Bell digitally recording as much of his life as possible. Photos, letters, and memorabilia were scanned. Everything that he did on his computer was captured.
He wore an automatic light, heat and movement-sensitive camera, as well as an arm strap that measured his bio-metrics. His very movements were also tracked and plotted via GPS.
Of course this is research, so while some of this sounds a bit extreme, just realize that Gordon and his research partner, Jim Gemmell, intentionally were taking things to the edge.
I read this book from the mindset of how does this apply to life story preservation!
Here is a quote from the book that begins to address Total Recall technologies and the areas that I am most interested in, life story writing, family memories and family history.
Then with this data, Bell makes a reach/prediction as to what may be possible with such data. He continues...
To me that sound very exciting, strange and like science fiction...all at once.
According to the authors of Total Recall, the three prevailing technologies that will and are making the E-Memory revolution possible are:
Your bio-memory (your brain) is inescapably frail. Mr. Bell explains how your memories will be extended by our e-memories. It is so easy to forget things and as we age, our brain's ability to remember things diminishes.
The author asks us to consider the many ways that a searchable e-memory database will help augment our fallible biological brain, when it can recall:
This book will excite you at the possibilities or perhaps it will scare you to death.
Total Recall covers its topic inside and out. In addition to everything else, it discusses , of such information preservation, and the legalities of privacy that will surely need to be addressed.
Total Recall technologies have a lot of room for improvements, but the authors give several pages of current tools, Web sites and gadgets that they used and recommend.
I have to say that I am leaning more on the excited side, at least for now. I'm very excited at how these technologies will help the human memory.
Regardless of your thoughts now, this book is a fascinating read. It will get you thinking long and hard at where technology is taking us.
So I highly recommend you get a copy of this book, whether you check it out at your library or order a copy online at Amazon.
Evernote.com - This resource is mentioned in the book and it is one that I use on a regular basis. Tremendous tool with a near unending amount of daily life applications.
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