My Life In A Terabyte
from the mylifebits-again dept
We’ve talked about Microsoft’s “mylifebits” project before, and its attempt to build a system that records everything that happens to you, every day. I’ve joked that if you’re recording everything that happens, when would you have time to play it all back? However, the pack-rat in me certainly finds some aspect of the idea appealing. This new article looks at the project and how the combination of our increasingly digital lifestyle and the rapid decrease in storage pricing (with corresponding increase in capacity) are making it possible. My question, though, is who is going to provide the “Google-like” technology to make this all searchable? Having all that data backed up isn’t going to be at all useful if you can’t track down the important point. I also wonder how it would change how people interact. When everything you say and do in front of someone else is going to be recorded, do you change your actions? Furthermore, would people’s natural memory abilities deteriorate? If you really could Google your backup brain, you might not put as much emphasis on actually remembering things yourself. As a simple example of this, I no longer remember phone numbers (something I used to be quite good at), since they’re all easily stored in my mobile phone. Imagine that on a much larger scale, and then think about the implications if that data is somehow lost.