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June 18th, 2007

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12:57 pm - Often predicting the future is little more than predicting the present
In this post, I link to and discuss an article by Charles Stross about the impact of technology of society, including predictions that increasingly cheaper and smaller memory will allow what he called "life-logging", where people digitally record everything that happens to them, and predicts it will be common in 20 years. It turns out that someone is already doing it. I'm guessing it will be a small fringe hobby in 5 years and fairly widespread in 10-15.
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Date:June 18th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
If you've never read Kim Stanley Robinson's The Memory of Whiteness, it's worth doing; he deals with what happens when people live more years than the brain can retain memories of.
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Date:June 19th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
Wow. I just made the time to read the entire article. The most interesting part for me was the moment when Johnson and DEVONthink had the idea - the whole question of whether it was the software or whether it was their combined identity that had the insight.
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Date:June 19th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
I think we are going to be seeing increasingly large amounts of that sort of interaction. From my PoV, we don't need intelligence software to completely transform the world, we merely need software that changes and improves how humans think, and we are in the first stages of this point.
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Date:June 20th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
the problem seems to be that memory is almost inextricably linked to emotional content and weighting of the memory concerned; our current emotional context colors even the most vivid of our past memories, so I have to wonder if the kind of unemotional recording you're discussing would be a way of people owning up to their own shite without the emotional coloration and justification, which would make life a lot less filled with B.S. Kinda hard to completely ignore an impersonal recording.

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