Speak, Memory

Speak, Memory

Remember “The End of History?  Sigh. How quickly they forget.

We now we have The End of Memory. We forget more these days, but it’s okay. We’ve all out-sourced our long-term memories to search engines. That’s according to a new report by researchers from Harvard, Columbia and the University of Wisconsin:

“Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips,” Betsy Sparrow,Jenny Liu, Daniel M. Wegner, Science (abstract)

Need a fact?  Can’t remember? Google it.

More (guess how we found these):

“Google rewiring the way we remember, study says,” Leslie Katz, CNET.com

“Minds like sieves,” Nick Carr, Rough Type

“Piece of Mind: Is the Internet Replacing Our Ability to Remember?” Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American

 “‘It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards’, the Queen remarked.” — Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), Through the Looking Glass

(Yes, the title of this post is from Nabokov. No, not Evgeni, Vladimir. Remember?)

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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