Sunday, March 30, 2008

Remembering the Future

The BBC's Horizon programme was about memory last week. I found it personally fascinating as I am at that age when 'senior moments' do seem to be on the increase. By the way, our memory skills peak at 25 and decline thereafter - so 'welcome to my world' those of you past the quarter-century mark ...

I am an avid user of Google Desktop and it has often struck me that an 'implanted' version of same would do wonders for my memory (and for those can't-quite-put-a-name-to-the-face moments). Not unlike the scenario in Vernor Vinge's delightful novel Rainbows End.

Luckily I am not alone in spotting this opportunity: though it's not there yet, what about the idea of hiring your own paparazzi to record your public life? Of course, for the younger generation, Bebo, Facebook and MySpace sort of serve this extra-memory function. Better still, it seems that regular exposure to pictures of your loved ones increases commitment and fidelity. Thanks for the memories indeed.

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