Can’t Forget to Remember

Memories: probably the most cherished by people, but also the most forgotten. That trip to Disneyworld when you were five years old, that delicious ice cream sundae you ate at the mall one day, that big, fat Christmas present that you ripped open the day before Christmas, the giggles and wonders of all your youth – those moments are all stored somewhere in your head, but when it comes time to retrieving them, we often can’t. Time and, although many don’t like to admit it, old age often renders humans helpless when it comes to holding on to beloved memories. It’s just impossible to keep track of all of them. Or, is it?

It seems that technology will once again step in to save us, in the same way that it’s stepped in to save us from hand-washing every single plate in our sinks and scouring the encyclopedia for the answer to a question like, “What are the most popular attractions in Chicago?” (Siri can handle that for us now.) Not surprisingly, Google is taking the lead to develop a type of “memory-saver.” A person has to wear a headset, similar to Google Glass, that will record his/her surroundings during a particular moment at particular time. The camera embedded in the headset would be easily controllable and able to save these videos to the Google server.

Yes, that’s right – so if you find yourself reminiscing about that time you and your friends stood on top of the Eiffel Tower, looking down at the twinkling lights of Paris, you can get right up, go to your computer, and Google that memory. And, tada! There it is, unable to be forgotten, permanently recorded for your pleasure.

Or your displeasure. Although I believe that this technology, if brought into being, would be one of the most innovative and exciting ventures to explore, others may be inclined to disagree. How can something as personal as memories be turned into a technologic endeavor? Does everything have to lend itself to the high-tech world of today? Indeed, those are valid questions, but also questions that resonate throughout the history of technological advancements, albeit in different forms. After all, when cell phones were first sold in 1973, there were a group of people who thought they were highly intrusive. Some people may not instantly open up to the idea of a device that captures and stores memories, but it’s both an eminent possibility and an inevitable consequence of progress.

So far, Google merely has the patent to create this device. But, I have no doubt that such an ingenious invention will definitely be created and sold to the masses. When this will happen is the only question that remains.

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