I am Data

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I am Data

Memex – memory extension – is a device conceptualized by Vannevar Bush around 1945. Microsoft has launched My Lifebits project accroding to Bush’ specs. In this recent project, a man records every single event that occurs: audio & video capture of his meetings, images taken by his camera, documents he writes – even his blood pressure and biometric data are constantly gathered and recorded for good inside the personal memex.

This leads to a world where memories never fade out. This leads to a world where human beings are turned into a stream of well-organized and searchable bits.

Martin Buber

“The being of a subject is a unity which cannot be analyzed as an object. When a subject is analyzed as an object, the subject is no longer a subject, but becomes an object. When a subject is analyzed as an object, the subject is no longer a Thou, but becomes an It.”

Citation taken from Martin Buber’s I and Thou

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2 Responses to “I am Data”

  1. amirv Says:

    Jane, the spaceship computer in Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” and the 3,4,5 books that follow, transports or rather teleports people and objects over light years of space/time by first recording EVERYTHING about them in HER memory.

    Reality is for those unable to cope with Sci-Fi

  2. muli koppel Says:

    Reality is for those unable to cope with Sci-Fi
    This is a brilliant sentence! Chapeau!

    Is it time we discuss Philip K. Dick? After all, he mastered it better than them all.

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