If you could have perfect and fully re-playable memory would you want it?

#1
Brits might have recently seen the brilliant black mirror (produced by Charlie Brooker) on TV which showed three standalone 'dystopian' images of the near future and how technologies not dissimilar to what we use now might not be as desirable as they appear. The third episode (and the hardest to watch in my opinion) featured a gadget which allowed you to replay visual and auditory memories at will as you would a dvd.

Well A study carried out on rats this year (number 1 on the list) has shown this to be, in theory at least, a possibility in the future.

Would the pit want this technology if it became available? A great many positives can be seen from it but there would also be unwanted possibilities present.

Here's the black mirror episode if anyones interested (not sure if it'll like non-brits watching it though). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImbpjWRMy2k&feature=showob&has_verified=1
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It would have it's pros and cons. For example, it would be useful in courts of law, but if your wife could access it... *shudder*
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God no. Imagine seeing all the embarassing things you ever did but this time in full HD and perfectly recalled.
#4
if memories were always all vibrant memories don't dilute and you would find it very hard to forgive people

then again you'd be a genius and a mastermind

yea i'd go for it

i mean

i wouldn't have any friends abd i'd be divorced from all my family but

i'd be pretty smart man

yea id go for it
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God no. Imagine seeing all the embarassing things you ever did but this time in full HD and perfectly recalled.


There's a moment in the black mirror episode where a character uses it to view memories he couldn't remember due to lots of drink. That definitely evoked an "oh god the future is horrible" response from me
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I would.
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#8
Probably not, no.
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#9
Lol, the first thought that came to mind was remembering all the fun you've had with your lady friends in Perfect detail. that'd be kinda awesome.

Too many downsides though.
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Lol, the first thought that came to mind was remembering all the fun you've had with your lady friends in Perfect detail. that'd be kinda awesome.

Too many downsides though.

I certainly know I'd love to see an ex partner or two in action again.


But on the actual programme: in the format shown on the programme I think it would be pretty useful (as much as it was unpleasant for the guy in the actual episode, he was just a bit obsessive and crazy anyway) but I just can't see how even with vast leaps in science it would be possible to be able to replay your experiences and actually see things you didn't see before.
For example, the clock at the corner of my screen has been technically in my field of vision for the duration of me writing this post, but I don't think any amount of rewatching my experience could let me see what the time was, as I simply did not take that information in.
Maybe it's just a lack of imagiantion, but I think there's a big difference between replaying your experience and actually adding to it by experiencing it again.
#14
I think a deeper subtext of the episode was how much we should be willing to accept a comforting lie over the harsh truth that can destroy us. While this technology would allow for certain comforts, imagine remembering the best moments of your life forever, it has too many massive downsides in my opinion, as seen in the episode.


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The main issue with such a device would be the constant temptation to live in the past, as seen by the protagonist as he wanders an empty house replaying memories of his old life. Imagine this within your own life, for example going over memories of an old girlfriend over and over without actually coming to accept that she has left you. While it is true that we should not immediately forget the past we should also not live entirely within it, something that this device would lead us to do. This is also illustrated when the protagonist replays his assessment meeting over and over, as he obsesses over past details and his life is made miserable for it. This is more fully explored when he discovers his wife's affair as it seemed to be a mindless mistake she had made far in the past, but because of the new technology it was uncovered and ruined lives. This brings up the question of how valuable is the truth when it can have such destructive consequences for those who discover it? Wouldn’t his life had been so much better without the revelation that destroys his marriage and takes his child from him?

By the end of the episode the protagonist seems to answer these questions by removing the chip/recorder and thereby removing the burden that the past can place on a person’s life. So in conclusion I think such technology would improve my life in some small ways, but living in the past and allowing absolute access to the past is destructive and may cause much more harm than good, not to mention to human rights' questions of how far do your memories belong to you and all that.
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#15
Yah. As long as only I could see it.
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I have a 32 Gig flash drive that replays my music perfectly in my car. Does that count?
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Probably. Even with all the bad things I would find in there (My entire 6th grade year, in example) I have so many good memories that are worth the pain to go through.

Nah. My parents would kill me.

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#23
I should mention to all you guys worried: in the TV show, you choose to rewatch things. It's sort of just like Youtube of every moment of your life. You don't have to relive bad memories if you don't want to.
#24
Definitely not. I just deleted facebook 10 minutes ago because that made me feel uncomfortable, so this is like the next step.


Watched the program, thought it was the best of the 3.
#25
So all of you have answered no have ever forgot an awesome song that you wrote but then forgot how it went?

That ability would be awesome for a musician
#26
I would like to use it, but only sparingly. I could see people becoming ultimately dependent on the memories and not living their lives. I'd just rewind the funnier moments.
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#27
I would love it. I would to see the bad memories too.

Only if i'm the only person who can watch it or If i have control over who watch it.
but otherwise I see it as a great learning tool.
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So all of you have answered no have ever forgot an awesome song that you wrote but then forgot how it went?

That ability would be awesome for a musician



I keep something to record into near me at most times.


The songs I have lost though I just presume they weren't that good or I'd remember them.


Ultimately though, you're right. That would be a fantastic ability, but there's stuff I'd rather forget.
#29
It would have ups and downs.

Would be cool to read through a whole text book the night before a test and then just recall the memory of looking at it to get the answers.

Although if it was properly like Black Mirror, I wouldn't want people throwing up memories of me doing stupid shit on the big screen during assembly at school so....I'd vote no to it. Not least because nostalgia would forever be ruined.
#31
I would like that, but only for myself in my own head.

That way, nobody knows that I have perfect memory.

And because you would learn much quicker, and much more at the same time, it would become easy to fake a lack of intelligence, because you will remember how to do it.

Intriguing, isn't it ?