Bleeding Edge

by Mike Masnick

Backup Brain For Real?

from the sign-me-up dept

I usually joke that Google is my backup brain, and often wish that I had a permanent Google connection directly into my brain to feed it with information. It seems that some Microsoft Researchers are experimenting with going one step further. They're trying to set up a system that can record everything that happens to you in your daily life, dumps it in a database, lets you annotate it, and then makes it completely searchable. The project is called MyLifeBits, and the guy working on it, is currently uploading all sorts of things to it. His photos, letters, documents all will be included. Anything he does online is automatically included. He's also recording all of his phone calls as well, and having them included. Of course, this raises some philisophical questions (not addressed in the article) about what people should remember - or what they might not want to remember. It also brings up questions of privacy and security. However, there certainly could be some cool uses for such a system. Maybe they should team up with the folks at Accenture who were working on a device to record everything that happened around you. Of course, the biggest problem with all this is that most of what is being recorded will never be looked at again. It will be junk files. How often do you really go back to look at things?

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  1. identicon
    Timmmay!, Nov 21st, 2002 @ 6:46am

    No Subject Given

    "Oh, well, of course, everything looks bad if you remember it" -- Homer J Simpson

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    Bachelor, Nov 21st, 2002 @ 8:42am

    Great for settling arguments

    Can you imagine its value in settling arguments between spouses and significant others? "You said [x]!" "No, I didn't!" "OK, let's replay it and see"

    On the other hand, maybe that wouldn't be so great...

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    Saygin?, Nov 21st, 2002 @ 1:40pm

    Gargoyles and Gov't Databases

    This sounds vaguely familiar. I think it was in the Neal Stephenson book, "Snow Crash" where he introduced the "Gargoyle"- a federal (CIA?) agent who was tricked out with recording equipment. The gargoyle's sole responsibility was to record everything around him and upload it into the merged Library of Congress/CIA database. (Hey! Aren't the new Department of Homeland Security and Pentagon working on such a database?)

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    jamka, Nov 30th, 2002 @ 10:13pm

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    but what would happen when you looked back, would you record yourself looking back? what if this happened multiple times? could you look back at your self looking back at yourself looking back......

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