Back-up Your Brain with Microsoft

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EVERY SECOND OF YOUR LIFE WILL BE ON YOUR COMPUTER. NO MORE NOTE TAKING REQUIRED

In above picture, I am trying to capture my partner Reshadat Ali for our site’s promotion and back-up of my brain (not exactly a good gesture, i believe).

Now, you can store every single moment of your life on a computer and then call up digital snapshots of individual moments with a quick search. It is the fulfillment of Vannevar Bush’s 1945 Memex vision including full-text search, text & audio annotations, and hyperlinks. If Gordon Bell, the head of Microsoft’s Media Presence Research Group has his way, this technology could become a reality. The idea behind MyLifeBits or “surrogate memory” as Bell has dubbed it, is that people should be concerned with living life, not “maintaining our memory systems.”

MyLifeBits consists of a “Sense Cam” developed by Microsoft that takes pictures when it senses that the user may want a photo, sound recording equipment and a complicated software program that can help the user recall information using simple keywords. According to the researchers, a 1TB hard drive could easily hold all of the text documents, voice files and photos over the course of a person’s life —but would only be able to store four hours of video a day for a year. Naturally, that reality wouldn’t make MyLifeBits very cost effective.

That means, whole Broadway of possibilities. You may update your web pages through your brain or use net-enabled services through your brain and no need of digital cameras or recorders or other publishers, since everything will be done by your brain. This may also be beneficial for senior citizens and Alzheimer’s patients as well as husbands/boyfriends loosing track of important birthdays.

[via Gizmodo and Microsoft. image courtesy: interactive.usc.edu]

Submitted by Imran Asad

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