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Every Memory of Your Life Stored Forever – MyLifeBits Project

Gordon Bell

What would it look like if you had a computer with every single memory stored on it forever? You would be able to access every webpage you’ve ever looked at, every email you’ve read, every photo you’ve taken or been in, videos of your public speeches, records of conversations. Everything that you felt was important or not important stored away for you to review or others to find out about you.

Back in the late 1990’s Gordon Bell decided, like many of us, to start scanning and digitizing some of the various bits of his life that backed up in closets, boxes under beds, and filing cabinets. This morphed, along with the help of Microsoft, into the MyLifeBits Project, a virtual database of his entire life.

You can learn more about this amazing project at Microsoft Research’s own webpage.

This really has me pondering how much information I have and how much of it is really of value. I’ve mentioned in a previous blog about throwing old letters away only to regret that decision years later. But that was a value decision on my part. In Bell’s case, it’s the project that counts, without any value placed on content. He has decided not to choose what is worthy of saving and what isn’t, just merely to save it for posterity.

I encourage you to post comments here about this project. I’d love to find out what everyone thinks of doing something like this.

Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.

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