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Remembering Who, What, Where and When--Digitally


February 12, 2010

Two computing pioneers are recording every aspect of their lives digitally, prompting questions about the potential dangers these "lifelogs" pose to personal privacy, The Times reports. Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell, both Microsoft researchers, suggest the biological ability to retain memories can be augmented with an electronic memory they call "Total Recall." Proponents tout the ability of storing away mundane information and making interesting facts and experiences easily accessible. Others question whether using Total Recall could lead to a "life without privacy," where authorities could demand access to such memory storage banks. Bell, who has spent years compiling an electronic memory that comprises everything from letters and photographs to biometric data, says, "We need to adapt to reap the benefits."
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