Easy Flashbacks

I remember when my grand father told me stories of his youthful days. He tried to paint a picture in my mind of what his childhood was like but I definitely could not imagine it exactly how it was. Why? Because I had no clue how the little village he lived in looked like. Now when my father told his own stories he had a few black and white pictures I could refer to as ‘scribbles’ to give me an idea of what he was talking about. I got only part of the image in my head because his pictures where not consistent enough to form a ‘full image’. Now looking into 30 years I can see my children getting the ‘full image’ of how my childhood was like. Now I can provide them with not only a visual representation but also an emotional feedback on how my childhood was like.

As a very active user of Facebook and Instagram, I have over a hundred pictures of various events in my life, both the important ones and the unimportant ones. With all these pictures and information stored somewhere, it may seem kind of disturbing or insecure to have such detailed information in the hands of the unknown. But looking forward 20 to 30 years, the information can be easily accessed whenever needed . It is very important to have something to refer to when reminiscing about the past. Pictures are very important because they trigger the brain to dig into its subconscious and find things you normally wouldn’t have remembered. These stored information doesn’t only benefit us but also they people we share out experiences with. Archived pictures go a long way in describing an event emotionally and physically.

With sites like Facebook, twitter and instagram, retrieving relevant information about myself will be very easy. This easy access to information is a very huge advantage that technology offers to us. We can now comfortably look at our social network posts from years back and remember how we felt during certain important events in our lives. Maybe Remem might have been a bit too far, but simple images and texts are enough to bring back emotions and a visual representation of such events.

8 thoughts on “Easy Flashbacks”

  1. I think that even if what people put online is only what they want to share online with other people(debatable), the online “you” is still a version of “you” that can be tracked and mathematically predicted with certain algorithms. For example, twitter can take a look at your profile and find out what time you most frequently go on and what time you most frequently post new tweets. That being said, twitter will most likely not be doing detailed analysis on the average user but the thing is that it could if it really wanted to. The general public does have access to that kind of information but it is really up to twitter to put that information together in an organized way so that it can be analyzed. Even information that the general public does not have access to can be analyzed; in a sense, all information is unsecure.

    Having lifelogs has its positives and negatives. As I mentioned before, the data is out there “unsecured” and can be mined if somebody tried hard enough even if the general public does not have direct access to it (see iCloud celebrity photos leak). I think that it is important for people to recognize the pros and cons of data and make the decision to share things online up to their own individual discretion.

  2. People only know about the intentional information but what about the ones that they don’t know they are sending? Social networking sites and online shopping sites use these unintentional information to their advantages. Most likely using them to tailor ads to your taste. I know for sure that Amazon does a great job of that. I see things that I really want to buy but can’t. So unintentional information sharing can be good if you want something tailored to your taste but also a huge time waster especially in college.

  3. I agree with your point on how this will affect future generations. One of the only ways to improve on human behavior and not make the same mistakes of the past is to learn from those who have lived before you. Our earliest role models are our parents and most of us have only little clues as to what their live was really like. I think that the fact that our children will be able to get a full picture of what happened in our lives will help the human race as a whole to learn more and create a better future for future generations.

  4. In most cases, it’s true that people only put things online which they are willing to share with other people; however, there are some things to consider when it comes to this. For example, let’s compare the difference between who the person posting the information thinks is going to see the post, and who actually sees it. We post things online with the mindset that only the people we know or who have permission to see the post are going to be the ones looking at it. But, in reality, the information we have just posted in floating around somewhere in the internet and with the right tools, anyone can see it. In addition to this, there are things online of us that we may not even be aware of. What about posts that a friend or family member put up? When it comes to what’s on the internet, I do agree that keeping life logs can be beneficial, but we also do not have total control over the privacy of what we may consider a life log.

  5. Although I agree that you will be able to give a better picture of your childhood to your children than either your father or grandfather were able to give to you, will it really be perfect. As was shown in TFTF we can take a very real memory, even one we have a picture of, and turn it into something it was not. When you see that picture of your new car what will you remember? Most likely not the pushy salesman or the price you thought was too high, or the argument you had that morning about whether or not to buy the car. No, you will remember all the good things that happened to you in that car, and while that may be very useful in picking your self up when you are down, it will not give you a clear view of that day. The same applies for your childhood, no matter how complete a picture you think you have, there is no way that anyone you show it too will be able to perfectly see how it was like.

  6. I most certainly agree. With recent advances in technology we are more than capable of holding onto those special moments forever. Though there is a dark side to life logs, as we saw in the Ted Chiang story, I feel that the good far outweighs the bad that could come of a well-documented life.

  7. See I completely agree with you on this one. I think a Lifelog is vital to passing information on to future generations through such things as a scrapbook or a slideshow or any type of collection of pictures, but a device such as Remem takes things a bit too far. But on the other hand, I love the concept of the GoPro because people don’t use it to track their lives (it would also be weird to have one attached to you at all times anyways) but instead use it to record interesting or adrenaline-pumping experiences that will be exciting for them and others to watch in the future. But once a device likes that delves into the personal life, that is where I become disapproving of it.

  8. I agree that the sites like Facebook, instagram and twitter have become the most important parts in our life that record those memorable moments and precious photos. In the future when we look back, we will truly appreciate the privilege that technological development gives us because we can refresh our memory in details

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