Wishing For A Mental Rewind Button

from the changes-in-perception dept

In a recent blog post by Scott Adams, he notes his desire for a rewind button on life. The post starts out by talking about seeing something through a window that he didn’t quite catch, and wishing for a rewind button on the window — like a DVR (the post then goes off on an angry tangent about auto repair these days that doesn’t actually seem connected to the rewind part). That struck me as interesting, because I’ve caught myself wanting the same thing recently. The more I’ve used a DVR, the more I get annoyed at things that don’t have such a capability. For example, when listening to the radio or just talking to people, there are moments when I find my brain asking to rewind, in part because it’s become so accustomed to the possibility of rewinding TV. I wonder if this will lead to more demand for devices that record everything you see. Traditionally, such “backup brain” devices have been talked about for the purposes of recalling and categorizing stuff — but if there’s increasing demand to simply replay what you just heard or saw, it could become useful in unexpected ways.

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t0m5k1 (profile) says:


i had this exact same thought when i first discovered the VHS recorder my mu had brought when i was a kid!!!!

ever since then (even on acid!) i have wanted such a capability and thought it was part of my ‘Condition’ & assumed no one else would think of such a bizarre thought!!!

man the times i have sat there wishing i could rewind life or even just my brain!!

now my world has trully shrunk

Shakespere says:

Be careful what you wish for.....

For all those above who think a life rewind would be great, think about other people having that capability. “Hey dude let’s look at that stupid thing you did again… and again… come on one more time.” “I almost missed your insult until I had time to replay it 50 times and started to wonder what you REALLY meant by that.” Its one thing to rewind a carefully written script or a sporting event, but most of us experience grace by the fact that people can’t replay what we just said or did.

elduderino (profile) says:


now I’m just a former janitor trying to make it in the ivory tower lately… but come on people… how hard is it to pay attention? I’m shocked and apalled, normally I agree with just about everything that’s said on techdirt and I can see the consumerism rampant in the comments too. But this is beyond ridiculous. I said it before and I’ll say it again. Pay attention! It’s really quite simple. Have we really become the mtv generation we were warned about so many years ago? Can we not even have brief conversations and retain that knowledge without a “hard copy”?

If that’s the case, why are we all so AGAINST wire tapping? the government has been trying to help us all out and we didn’t even know it!!! I bet there are plenty of archived conversations at the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.

Oh wait, all of the sudden nobody wants their convos recorded anymore, right?

Gene Cavanaugh (profile) says:


I agree. I am trying to get industry interested in such a thing; it is a camera in the ever-present headset for phones, with the added feature that it constantly records what you see and uploads it to a central server (thus solving the storage problem, and also preventing, say, a criminal from preventing the record by breaking the phone – it would record and send before it was practical to destroy the images).
If you know of anyone in the phone industry who might be interested, I would like to talk to them.

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