Part Two of the novel Total Recall, discusses a further explanation of e-memory, touching more on the sensitive aspects of our memories. This has been explained through 4 parts: recording and storytelling, immortalizing Jim Gray, memories of Jim Gray and Digital Immortality.
Authors Jim Gemmell and Gordon Bell discuss of the struggles behind losing precious mementos as they are passed from generation to generation. However, these gifts can be stored forever, although it’s not the same as having the original artifact, it’s a much better option than having it gone forever. With this being said, these memories can be stored through “collecting countless digital artifact”. This essentially refers to recording and storytelling. The effectiveness of this idea as a form of remembrance is immense. This is because, recording gives us the ability to share our various experiences with those who were unable to be there with us, at such ease. Literally, giving us the ability to retell our story to every last detail.
Furthermore, the novel mentions sections about immortalizing and memories of Jim Gray. The idea behind these is to exemplify how simple it is through the assistance of e-memory to be potentially capable of remembering the majority of what one who passed away did in their lifetime. Thus, by obtaining all of Jim’s memories, achievements and experiences, it’s almost as if he never really left making him immortal. The effectiveness of this as a form of e-memory is truly special. This is because, of being able to once again appreciate the legacy of the dead to great precision.
Bell and Gemmell describe “Digital Immortality” as a hypothetical concept of saving an individual’s personality in a more durable media such as a computer. In other words, Digital immortality may be achieved by saving a person’s consciousness into computers. Effectively allowing a person to communicate with people in the future. The result of digital immortality would look like an avatar behaving reacting and thinking like a person according to that individual’s digital archive. Even after death, that person’s avatar may either continue to learn and develop autonomously or remain static.
Personally, so far into the book I have remained intrigued about the whole idea of ‘total recall’ through e-memory. My interest in this idea has further improved especially through the prospect of digital immortality. Digital immortality is a unique idea that enables us to send messages to future generations. From a history perspective, assuming that digital immortality was already in existence if I could hear someone like Martin Luther King give one of his speeches, that would help me to better understand the significance of what he was saying. Additionally, his messages help me better understand the society and environment in which he lived.
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