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Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything

de Gordon Bell

Altres autors: Bill Gates (Pròleg)

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Total Recall provides a glimpse of the near future. Imagine heart monitors woven into your clothes and tiny wearable audio and visual recorders automatically capturing what you see and hear. Imagine being able to summon up the e-memories of your great grandfather and his avatar giving you advice about whether or not to go to college, accept that job offer, or get married. The range of potential insights is truly awesome. But Bell and Gemmell also show how you can begin to take better advantage of this new technology right now. From how to navigate the serious question of privacy and serious problem of application compatibility to what kind of startups Bell is willing to invest in and which scanner he prefers, this is a book about a turning point in human knowledge as well as an immediate practical guide.. -- Publisher description.… (més)
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As I began reading it soon felt like an infomercial. Thus, I set it aside for a few days. but later resumed because it is a topic I am very interested in. For the rest of the book, I used speed reading techniques.

As a boy I dreamed of having a computer in the basement. I imagined that I could put it together from scrap parts. I had no idea how I could pay for the air conditioning bill, but knew that I had to do it. I imagined that it could be doing complex computations that would not be practical without a computer, and that it could work for hours or days on those problems while I was off doing other things.

The author of this book has a dream and he is living his dream, so I read with great interest his account of Total Recall, and MyLifeBits. I wondered if I could obtain a copy of the hardware/software that he is using. But after a bit of an Internet search I concluded that it does not exist as a commercial product.

The first two sections of the book detail his experiences in getting his pictures, email, paper documents, and electronic records from various places, including at least one former place of employment, all into his storage and recall system.

In the third and last section of the book, he admits that there are some concerns; data loss, backup, the mass of data storage require, but even more importantly, some concerns about recording and keeping everything. Privacy concerns of our own selves, and out of respect for others are part of it. Another part of it is that there are some things that we would rather forget because they are embarrassing, or unpleasant, or compromising. As a technologist, he feels that these problems are solvable. My feeling is that these problems will cause the adoption of this kind of technology to be slow.

It is easy to have the impression that the adoption of the recent technologies, such as the Internet was quite rapid, but like so many other technologies, it takes many years from inception, to early adopters, to easily useable, and then to mainstream. What he describes requires both hardware and software, which increases the cost, and they are not yet available in a single package, so, it will be quite a few years for this to become common.
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  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
This is an interesting and thought-provoking book. I don't totally buy into the main idea - that one should, now that it's technically feasible, create and preserve a record of every moment of one's entire life. Do people really want to remember the bad as well as the good? Why waste gigabytes on recording the mundane and the trivial that are inevitably part of a normal life? But the technology will certainly help us to keep digital records of the highlights and whatever else we consider to be important or useful to preserve, whether it be documents, photos, data or whatever. For example, the capability for real-time monitoring of health and exercise is a major advance that has already evolved since this book was published. The book contains many helpful ideas on how to digitize and preserve various aspects of life, and one can simply adopt those which seem worthwhile and ignore the rest. ( )
  DCBW | Jun 5, 2015 |
This was an interesting book, it was slow at times, but it introduces a concept that become quite prevalent in computer science. ( )
  rstarker | Oct 18, 2010 |
The technology currently exists to record every moment of one's life. This book looks at the benefits and the drawbacks of doing so. Benefits include the ability to recall the smallest details about our relationships, our health, and our learning. Drawbacks include legal considerations and never being able to escape the embarrassing and difficult memories. The book quickly begins to drag along after the introductory chapter. Many of the same ideas are presented over and over. While Bell's predictions certainly seem possible it is difficult to believe that they will be probably. ( )
  DrBrewhaha | Oct 1, 2010 |
I used to have more of a soft spot for futurist books than I do now. I find that many of the gee-whiz predictions about how things will be lack plausibility, often due to the authors' limitations in understanding human nature.

Bell's book however, besides being generally more practical and grounded in technological fact, seems to show fairly good insight into what people really need and want from technology. While the book starts out in starry-eyed mode, it improves quickly enough by delving into what is currently available in total information tech, and what seems just around the corner.

Bell paints a fairly believable picture of how most information about our lives--from what we experience perceptually to all of the digital traces we leave--will all soon be cheaply stored and accessible. He makes a good case for thinking this is a positive advance, and much of the book is spent describing how we can already set the wheels of "total recall" in motion. The ideas are often presented based on Bell's own experiences developing the MyLifeBits system for Microsoft.

People interested in the areas of "personal informatics" will have already though through some of these issues. I found plenty more food for thought here, though, and I especially valued the many reference to extant technologies and the ideas for new technologies. The book is a little repetitive and fairly thin overall, but as a monograph, it serves its purpose pretty well. ( )
  trivigo | Jul 24, 2010 |
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Republished in paperback as "Your Life, Uploaded: The Digital Way to Better Memory, Health, and Productivity"
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Total Recall provides a glimpse of the near future. Imagine heart monitors woven into your clothes and tiny wearable audio and visual recorders automatically capturing what you see and hear. Imagine being able to summon up the e-memories of your great grandfather and his avatar giving you advice about whether or not to go to college, accept that job offer, or get married. The range of potential insights is truly awesome. But Bell and Gemmell also show how you can begin to take better advantage of this new technology right now. From how to navigate the serious question of privacy and serious problem of application compatibility to what kind of startups Bell is willing to invest in and which scanner he prefers, this is a book about a turning point in human knowledge as well as an immediate practical guide.. -- Publisher description.

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