David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
AI and Society 28 (1):7-14 (2013)
The possibility now exists of capturing a cradle-to-grave record of everything a person says or does. No longer must a personal history be a partial picture. Technology has made it possible to record, process, store, and retrieve all the text, sounds, and images that are required to paint a complete picture of an individual’s life. The efforts of future historians will be directed more to forgetting than to remembering. By default, society will forget nothing. For almost all of human history, remembering has meant the judicious selection and organization of observations about events and people. There used to be an information frontier beyond which the past was a tabula rasa . That information frontier has gone the way of the dodo. The social memory of events in an individual’s life is not only detailed but permanent. Although physical storage is fallible and changes in technology may make some devices effectively unreadable, these limitations are more than made up for by the negligible cost of duplication and distribution in a network. The record of one’s triumphs and tragedies will haunt one forever. Gone is personal privacy since facts buried in the past can be uncovered at any moment. Gone is personal memory since it is easier to rely on the external social memory of cyberspace. In what follows, we explain these observations and trace their consequences.
|Keywords||Digital media Social memory Personal memory Social knowledge Virtual directed Data surveillance Personal privacy Transient identity|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1966). Thus Spoke Zarathustra. New York, Viking Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
John Sutton & Amanda Barnier (2008). From Individual to Collective Memory. Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. Memory Studies 16 (3):177-182.
Jonathan Schonscheck (1997). Privacy and Discrete "Social Spheres". Ethics and Behavior 7 (3):221 – 228.
Paul Ricœur (2004). Memory, History, Forgetting. University of Chicago Press.
Robert Main (2011). The Frontier and Fallibilism: Toward "A More Perfect Union" of Peirce's Philosophy. The Pluralist 5 (3):89-106.
Lucas D. Introna (2000). Editorial: Ethical Reflections on the Virtual Frontier. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 2 (1):1-2.
Kathy Behrendt (2010). Scraping Down the Past: Memory and Amnesia in W. G. Sebald's Anti-Narrative. Philosophy and Literature 34 (2):394-408.
Norman Mooradian (2009). The Importance of Privacy Revisited. Ethics and Information Technology 11 (3):163-174.
Keith Lehrer (1987). Personal and Social Knowledge. Synthese 73 (1):87 - 107.
Lorne Tepperman (1985). Informatics and Society: Will There Be an 'Information Revolution'? [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 4 (5):395 - 399.
Martin M. Fagin, Jeremy K. Yamashiro & William C. Hirst (2013). The Adaptive Function of Distributed Remembering: Contributions to the Formation of Collective Memory. [REVIEW] Review of Philosophy and Psychology 4 (1):91-106.
Benjamin R. Barber (1997). The New Telecommunications Technology: Endless Frontier or the End of Democracy? Constellations 4 (2):208-228.
J. Allik (2000). Available and Accessible Information in Memory and Vision. In Endel Tulving (ed.), Memory, Consciousness, and the Brain: The Tallinn Conference. Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis
John H. Mace (2006). Episodic Remembering Creates Access to Involuntary Conscious Memory: Demonstrating Involuntary Recall on a Voluntary Recall Task. Memory 14 (8):917-924.
Donald Gotterbarn (1999). Privacy Lost: The Net, Autonomous Agents, and 'Virtual Information'. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 1 (2):147-154.
Added to index2012-02-10
Total downloads7 ( #274,000 of 1,699,833 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #362,609 of 1,699,833 )
How can I increase my downloads?