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The Memory of Bits

The Memory of Bits

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Published by: rdmurer on May 04, 2012
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Thememoryofbits
Wearebecomingtheauthorsandconsumersofanew,non-territorialized,fragmentedandcollectivememory.
February02,2011,6:11PM
ByRicardoMurer
B.S.in
ComputerScience(USP)andMaster'sDegreeinCommunications(USP).Specialistindigitalstrategyandnewtechnologies.
Follow@rdmurerAlzheimer'sDisease.Degenerativediseasethatcausesmemoryloss.Inashortperiodweforgetthings,friendsandwhoweare.Weshouldnotliveinthepastyetitiswhatdefinesus,givesusbearing,andhelpsustounderstandthepresent.Lessseriousthanthedisease,yetlethaltoourmemory,istheforgetfulness,whichincludesdates,names,sentencesandmomentsthatoncemeantsomethinginourlives.Havingforgottentheartofmnemonics,wemustrelytodayonexternalobjectstoarouseourmemories.However,evenour"architectureofmemory",themuseums,thelibrariesandfilesarefragilewhensubjecttotheeffectsoftime.Ontheotherhand,forgetfulnessdoesnotexistincyberspaceastheinformationissavedthereininmultipledatabasesreplicatedandstrategicallylocatedindifferentplaces.Inthisparalleluniverse,Mnemosyne,thememorygoddess,reignsabsolute.Therefore,aswedigitizeourlives(photos,diaries/blogs,letters/emails,telephoneconversation,videos,etc),wemoveourmemoriesintothesebinarytemples,becomingauthorsandconsumersofanew,"non-territorialized",fragmentedandcollectivememory.Theimplicationsofthetopographyofthisnewmemoryaremany.Letmesharemyreflectionontwoaspects:
CollectiveMemory
Ifformerlymemorywasprivatepropertyboundbythetridimensionalboundariesofeachone'sbrain,itisnowsharedwithina"collective"digitalarchitecture.Memories,onceindigitalformat,arelinked,tagged,editedandcopiedfromanetworkdynamics,whereeverythingisupdatedandpotentializedbythesecondwithoutcriteriaorcontrol.Theproblemstemsfromdigitalmemoriespostedwithouttheauthorizationoftheircreators.Undercopyrightslaw"Nothingcanbereproducedwithoutthepriorandexpressauthorizationoftheauthor."Despitethelackofclearanddefinedlawstogovernthedigitaluniverse,toshareormakecollectiveanyone'smemorywithoutdueauthorizationcanbeconsideredacrime.

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