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Lifelogging is dead (for now)

Mike Elgan | April 5, 2016
A funny thing happened on the road to capturing everything: Hardware failed to keep up, and social media made it redundant.

Better hardware plus artificial intelligence should do both the capturing and the retrieval of all our personal data automatically. In fact, if trends continue in their current direction, retrieval will be so automated that our virtual assistants will offer facts not only from the Internet, but also from our own experiences and memories.

Next-generation earbuds may whisper in our ears, smartwatches may nudge us, and smartglasses may display just-in-time information based on our extensive lifelogging histories. For example, when we meet someone we'll instantly start receiving relevant information about when we met that person before, what our mutual social connections are and more.

I think we'll find that everybody really does want to do lifelogging. They just don't want more work, information overload or new data management problems.

Once those problems are solved by better hardware and advanced A.I., lifelogging and the photographic memory it promises will be just another background feature of every mobile device we use.

Gordon Bell stopped lifelogging. But his grandchildren will live in a world where lifelogging is just another part of life.


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