Offloading Your Memories

I think the LiveJournal kids will find this article particularly relevant…

By STEVEN JOHNSON
New York Times Magazine December 14, 2003

Can your computer be enlisted to help you remember all the details of your life? In a way, it’s already starting to do that. Your e-mail files contain a good portion of your personal communication, and your calendar software has a record of every dentist appointment and staff meeting you’ve had in the last few years. But while it’s easy to track down an address that your colleague e-mailed you six months ago, it’s a bit more challenging to reconstruct a joke your friend told you during a phone call sometime in the late 90’s. So why not take matters a step further and record everything? Now that most of our information streams are built out of zeros and ones, it’s vastly easier to capture all those bits for posterity: every phone call, every passing conversation, every book you read or face you see — the totality of information that flows through a human life. Continue…