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Author: mungojelly

Link: http://community.livejournal.com/singularity_now/58589.html?thread=245469#t245469

Excerpt:
It will be dramatically different to live in the Recorded Age. Imagine that your past were not just a dark, foggily remembered tunnel, with occasional splashes of light where a photograph was taken or a letter handwritten, but rather a brightly lit room, every inch of which was available for inspection at any time. "Computer, show me what I was doing on August 14th of last year, at three in the afternoon." "Computer, when's the last time I said the word 'magnolia'?" If you had been born in the Recorded Age, you could go right now and recall exact details about your birth, your first kiss, the weather out a window that you hardly glanced out some random Tuesday. You'll also have exactly the same data, from anyone who is willing to share with you. You might have the whole life of a close friend in your private storage. It will be fundamentally different to live in that world.

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mungojelly
Feb. 19th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
hey! i've been quoted! thanks!

i'd be interested to hear if you have any thoughts on the topic.

i'm really looking forward to it, personally. it'll be sort of like how the internet finally gave us access to simple facts about the world-- what's that lyric, what's George Washington Carver's birthday. after just a few years, how distant all that not-knowing seems.

being able to rewind time, to reference the details of our own lives, can only bring clarity to them. it's like regression therapy, but instead of dredging up half-remembered memories you can just go back to events in your life & look them over. learn new things about them you didn't even notice the first time.

pictures are like that. you could notice something in a picture after decades, something you hadn't noticed at all when the picture was taken. digital cameras & cameraphones are making it so there are more & more slices being taken. even now, if you could bring together & intelligently process all of the photographic data we're creating, you could piece together many of the stories of how people in this world are related & how they've lived their lives.

we're closer every day.

<3
kmo
Feb. 20th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
Stepping into the Recorded Age
I think that once we actually get into the recorded age we'll enjoy all the benefits you described. I also think that we will find the experiencing most humbling, as people who don't like us will have the means to create a propagate a montage of us saying and doing stupid, creul, and petty things. That should encourage caution and humility, but it will make parenting that much harder.

But, we have yet to enter the recorded age. At present, it takes a lot of work to keep those records in accessible shape. As I mentioned in a post yesterday, spam bots have cluttered up my comics comment pages with hundreds of ads for drugs, hotels, and the like. I don't know how to remove them, so I've decided to put all of my comics on LJ, and I spent many hours yesterday putting comics, comments, and related links on crealm. In those hours of tedious work I managed to move comics from August 2000 to November 2000. It will take many days work to complete the process that a servitor AI a decade or two hence will be able to do in a flash.
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