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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon Bell, Jim Gemmell, John Haag Narrator: John Haag, Gordon Bell, Jim Gemmel Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Total Recall revolution is inevitable. It will change what it means to be human

It has already begun.

What if you could remember everything? Soon, if you choose, you will be able to conveniently and affordably record your whole life in minute detail. You would have Total Recall. Authors Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell draw on experience from their MyLifeBits project at Microsoft Research to explain the benefits to come from an earth-shaking and inevitable increase in electronic memories. In 1998 they began using Bell, a luminary in the computer world, as a test case, attempting to digitally record as much of his life as possible. Photos, letters, and memorabilia were scanned. Everything he did on his computer was captured. He wore an automatic camera, an arm-strap that logged his bio-metrics, and began recording telephone calls. This experiment, and the system created to support it, put them at the center of a movement studying the creation and enjoyment of e-memories.

Since then the three streams of technology feeding the Total Recall revolution—digital recording, digital storage, and digital search—have become gushing torrents. We are capturing so much of our lives now, be it on the date stamped photos we take with our smart phones or in the continuous records we have of our emails, instant messages, and tweets—not to mention the GPS tracking of our movements many cars and smart phones do automatically. We are storing what we capture either out there in the “cloud” of services such as Facebook or on our very own increasingly massive and cheap hard drives. But the critical technology, and perhaps least understood, is our magical new ability to find the information we want in the mountain of data that is our past. And not just Google it, but data mine it so that, say, we can chart how much exercise we have been doing in the last four weeks in comparison with what we did four years ago. In health, education, work life, and our personal lives, the Total Recall revolution is going to change everything. As Bell and Gemmell show, it has already begun.

Total Recall provides a glimpse of the near future. Imagine heart monitors woven into your clothes and tiny wearable audio and visual recorders automatically capturing what you see and hear. Imagine being able to summon up the e-memories of your great grandfather and his avatar giving you advice about whether or not to go to college, accept that job offer, or get married. The range of potential insights is truly awesome. But Bell and Gemmell also show how you can begin to take better advantage of this new technology right now. From how to navigate the serious questions of privacy and serious problem of application compatibility to what kind of startups Bell is willing to invest in and which scanner he prefers, this is a book about a turning point in human knowledge as well as an immediate and practical guide.

Total Recall is a technological revolution that will accomplish nothing less than a transformation in the way humans think about the meaning of their lives.

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  • Readers will be wondering about the consequences … long after they put down this fascinating text …”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chad Stoller | 11/28/2013

    " A definite must read if you are in the world of digital innovation. Total Recall is a boat load of inspiration for business and a great collection of insights into human memory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jacinta | 8/19/2013

    " very interesting, and now I have a ton of further resources to check out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jim | 8/5/2013

    " Quit this one early. Text is dedicated to the notion of capturing details of one's life. Some folk's included a camera attached to their head's nearly all the time. I erroneously thought it would be a how-to guide on organizing ones research and activities for recall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Zacaro Caro | 12/11/2012

    " This book like most nonfiction books was not a page turner for me. I found most of what was written to either not be applicable to my life or already in place as I have tried to digitize my life. This book gets three stars because it is something I'd recommend for many people. "

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