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Backing Up Your Brain

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the error-document-not-found dept.

Biotech 204

couch_warrior writes "Microsoft is now working on a system that will back up the contents of your brain. The pilot project lacks a direct brain interface, but "MyLifeBits" will provide a simulacrum of actual memories. No mention is made as to whether Microsoft will claim to own the digital rights to the content of your life, or what license fees you will have to pay to access your own memories." Honestly this looks like a bunch of hooey to me, but I figured others would be better suited to say.

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Requested Patch for Slashdot (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366789)

Alright, I can't take it anymore. I don't know how many times I've read about this story on Slashdot.

So instead of going on a tyrranical rant about this and bringing CmdrTaco's mother into it, let's look at how we could avoid this in the future.

I don't know what the administrative interface looks like for Slashdot, hell, I haven't even been given mod points yet despite regular meta moderation. But I'll bet that if you plugged the domain restriction plus the title of the proposed article into your favorite search engine, you could avoid 75% of all dupes. So in Google, this article would be:

site:slashdot.org Backing Up Your Brain
And here's the link if you're lazy [google.com] which results in some pretty good hits:

So two very relevant articles, maybe they're dupes, maybe they're not.

But what if it was possible for the admin to select keywords/phrases from the submission and have that generate search links to the search engine. Two obvious ones would be Gordon Bell [google.com] and the de facto dupe finding token MyLifeBits [site] .

And with that last one, we come up with Backup Your Life on a DVD [slashdot.org] and Recording Your Entire Life [slashdot.org] . Two very similar articles to the subject at hand (the Gordon Bell search has no dearth of articles either). A few minutes of linking this to Vannevar Bush and you find Your Life On a Hard Drive [slashdot.org] .

If this is an update piece and you want to update us on the project, at least link to the plethora of articles related to it! My god, how many times must we discuss this man's dreams to do this? Where are the results already? I swear every single time this comes up, it's mere speculation. The editor even says so after the summary!

Ever look in a mirror to see another mirror .... (5, Funny)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366873)

What happens when half of what is recorded is you looking at 'past memories' on your pc? Does this echo logarithmically through the storage system until you are considered dead when there are no new memories being added?

Does the management software manage to do what CmdrTaco cannot? Remove dupes?

translation: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21367271)

dontdupemebro

Re:translation: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21367519)

so tagged

Re:Requested Patch for Slashdot (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366919)

Yeah, it's definetly been here before.

I just find the whole idea that microsoft would take your rights to your content away from you. A lot of authors use MS Word (many publishers require the format, and OpenOffice still screws up a couple of formatting issues when saving into word 97/2K/XP). I've yet to hear any complain about MS taking their stuff. For that matter, all the photos, videos and documents (word, excell, etc.) that I had stored on my Windows machine? None were taken by MS, and they all work find being opened in OpenOffice now on my BSD box.

MS isn't the only paragon of FUD. That whole paranoia bit is very tedious.

Re:Requested Patch for Slashdot (1)

OECD (639690) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367269)

None were taken by MS, and they all work find...

Are you sure about that?

(Yeah, yeah, but it was low-hanging fruit.)

Re:Requested Patch for Slashdot (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367405)

$ sudo pkg_delete typod

must not have worked... Guess that's what "typod: package not found" meant...

Re:Requested Patch for Slashdot (1, Funny)

TheLink (130905) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366993)

Well maybe the regular dupes are because the Slashdot editors are using a prototype brain backup device and every so often they use move instead of copy. :)

You just don't get it (4, Insightful)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367181)

Slashdot, like most media, has to attract eyeballs. If they printed on the frontpage "no news today" they wouldn't be making any money. So the slashdot editors have the task of keeping a steady stream of stories on the frontpage. So that when you visit it, you get some new story to read.

But not yet any story will do, it needs to be a story that people will react to. So that they post comments, so that it looks like an active site.

A slashdot story where ALL you needed to know was in the headline and had no room for discussion, well, you could just get that from the RSS feed, no page load, no ad load, no eyeballs.

You posted a comment to this story, I posted a comment to you. Mission accomplished. All you have shown is that the story attracted eyeballs.

In Terry Pratchets discworld book "The Truth" the patrician (local ruler) makes an observation about a newspaper. "Ain't it nice how there is always just enough news to fit the page, no spaces left open or anything".

The newspaper needs to be full, it needs to get read. That is a newspapers mission.

If you really want to tell the editors to stop doing this. STOP REPLYING.

Oh, and there is another thing to consider, slashdot is NOT a news site. It is an intresting things site. Nobody ever claimed that intresting things have to be new.

Re:You just don't get it (2, Informative)

uglyduckling (103926) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367345)

Oh, and there is another thing to consider, slashdot is NOT a news site.

Look up... a little bit more... there it is: "NEWS FOR NERDS. STUFF THAT MATTERS."

Re:You just don't get it (4, Insightful)

kebes (861706) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367491)

I think you might be creating a false dichotomy. We all understand that Slashdot has to attract eyeballs, and thus has to keep a constant flow of interesting/catchy stories on the front page. However what is at issue is the presentation of those stories.

In particular, the GP wasn't saying that Slashdot should be a news site, or even saying that dupes are an egregious sin. Instead, he was providing possible ways for making such stories useful instead of aggravating. It is indeed aggravating to read something only to discover that it's more-or-less the same thing you've already read, but much less so if you're forewarned about how this fits in with previous stories. Slashdot has made some progress in this department (with the "Related Stories" links), but more work needs to be done. A "dupe" isn't necessarily bad if it is framed properly (e.g. "here's an update on X" or "it's been awhile since we've heard about X" or "for those of you who missed the last story on X, here's another one"). I'm pretty sure that people will still load Slashdot, still join the discussion, and so forth. What we are asking for is not that every article be totally fresh and original, but that summaries are accurate and useful, which means pointing out how the current news/article differs from previous news/articles on the same subject (if it's a dupe, just say so!).

For those of us who like Slashdot and read many of the stories, unlabeled dupes are annoying... and we want to help fix the situation. An upgrade to the Slashdot admin interface (which tries to auto-detect dupes or related links) is one solution. Another one, which would exploit the collective memory (and detail-oriented nature) of Slashdot readership would be to allow people to add "related links" to articles (preferably at the firehose stage). If enough people add the same link (maybe weighted by karma), it is probably not linkspam and can be promoted automatically to be displayed. This would give editors information on related stories, and allow them to better judge the novelty of a submission.

Re:You just don't get it (1)

Eccles (932) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367947)

In Terry Pratchets discworld book "The Truth" the patrician (local ruler) makes an observation about a newspaper. "Ain't it nice how there is always just enough news to fit the page, no spaces left open or anything".

Newspapers don't necessarily have the same number of pages every day. Slashdot doesn't have to have the same number of stories every day.

ESPN, though, can have a challenge filling the news on slow sports days (for example, the day after the baseball All-Star break.)

Re:Requested Patch for Slashdot (1)

uncoveror (570620) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367553)

This sounds like dime novel sci-fi

In the future, you will be able to download your brain. Do this near the end of your life, then upload it all into a clone's brain. You can live forever!

Yeah, right.

Re:Requested Patch for Slashdot (1)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367865)

Hell no! I'm not going to wait until my current body is at death's door before doing a critical backup! I will maintain many incremental backups and a few key complete backups. Every year on my birthday I will go through a complete transfer to a clone body. Don't leave something this important to chance at the last minute!

Re:Requested Patch for Slashdot (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367601)

But I'll bet that if you plugged the domain restriction plus the title of the proposed article into your favorite search engine, you could avoid 75% of all dupes.

Welcome to the remaining 25%...
     

Re:Requested Patch for Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21367657)

Welcome to the remaining 25%...
Except that I then went on to point out that had they used this method, this would be found to be a dupe.

Re:Requested Patch for Slashdot (1)

thomkt (59664) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367915)

I haven't even been given mod points yet despite regular meta moderation.

How odd, I never meta moderate, but get moderation points (that I don't use) every couple of weeks.

I don't mind dupes. (1)

BytePusher (209961) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367961)

Maybe I'm the only one, but I don't mind dupes. Most(as in 9/10ths) of the time I've missed the first article and if I've read the story before I just skip it. In addition, I don't pay for Slashdot. I'm so cheap I even block the ads using AdBlock+ so that I don't even have to think about not paying money to someone. So give the admins a break guys...

My brain already backs up (2, Funny)

Roadkills-R-Us (122219) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366791)

That's why you hear a loud beeping sound!

Re:My brain already backs up (1)

BadHaggis (1179673) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367905)

Why just the other day I was working on some math problems and I hit 256/0... The next thing I know it's 3 hours later, my wife is hitting me in the head with a boot again, and yelling something about my face turning blue.

Wow-BSOD takes on a whole new meaning... (5, Funny)

AustinSlacker (728596) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366805)

Not a MS basher per say, but I am not sure I want MS messing around with MY registry...

Oh Lots of fun (3, Insightful)

JamesRose (1062530) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366813)

Lets make up rediculous products, claim a company is working on, and then slag of the company for their behaviour managing the non-existant product that hasn't even been developed.

Re:Oh Lots of fun (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367015)

I sure as hell don't want mircosfort bracking up my bain.

I think if I get wind they are, I will just start a diary of false stuff, like embarrassing things that they don't want associated with them.

Would be interesting to see if they censor out bitch sessions about shitty experiences with vista, or false claims of another leaked wish list, or advance disclosure court proceedings our out-of-court settlements.

I guess in that case, THEY will decided whether our brains get full, incremental, differential or "SCREW YOU, BUDDY" backups.

Re:Oh Lots of fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21367917)

I sure as hell don't want mircosfort bracking up my bain.
I'm pretty sure they don't want to either - if your spelling is any indication you'd crash their entire system.

Re:Oh Lots of fun (1)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367219)

I don't know what your problem is. I've been doing this since I began work on my plugin for Mozilla's sock sorting machine. While sorting socks, my plugin will also check for holes in the heel/toe and report to you the number of socks that need to be repaired or replaced.

You people who insist on an invention being, well, invented before working on derivative software for it are crazy. My patents alone should keep me in the market for years.

It's real (3, Informative)

everphilski (877346) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367305)

It isn't a brain backup device, it's a little recorder that you wear around your neck. It takes snapshots throughout the day and records sound. The software on the computer also allows for archival of various documents, etc. Stuff gets associated and it essentially becomes a surrogate memory.

A good, extensive writeup can be found in Fast Company [fastcompany.com] . The original article is over half a year old and this idea from Gordon Bell has been known for years: he started working on this project in 1995.

Bunch of drama queens on slashdot talking about "omgz vaporware" "Microsoft doign what neuroscience cant? omgz" Read the goddamned article, not the FUD summary.

Re:Oh Lots of fun (1)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367885)

No, no, let's pump and dump their stock. And pump and dump the stock of companies that do the actual research, as their funds wind up diverted into the nonsense.

Big problems already (1)

MrAndrews (456547) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366815)

Apparently they still have bugs to work out... some people are reporting massive data loss [pttbt.ca] in the beta program...

Could be worse. (1, Funny)

an.echte.trilingue (1063180) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367097)

That kind of mirrors the experience I have been having with the open-source alternative: GNU/Brain (its in the Debian repos). I get my head plugged into the USB port, mount my brain with GNU/Brain and cp -u /brain/* /dev/null, and after a couple hours it comes back with an exit status of 0, all fine and dandy. Yet, inexplicably, when I go to check on my backup, nothing is there. I lost the memory of my wedding day (although, mysteriously, my divorce is still quite intact).

This is the same thing that has been happening to my server backups. I think it might be time to give Microsoft a second chance.

Re:Could be worse. (2, Funny)

russ1337 (938915) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367877)

I lost the memory of my wedding day
are you sure you've not aliased in :
ls -l brain | keg_of_beer | grep *wedding*

I put everything my wife tells me to /dev/null to make room for more interesting stuff, like movie quotes.

Can of Worms (4, Insightful)

HugePedlar (900427) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366831)

Yeah, nice idea. No really. But imagine the conflict with copyright laws... or even wiretapping! Any time you take part in a private conversation would you have to get permission to record or distribute - what about recalling a concert you went to?

Re:Can of Worms (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367385)

indeed, DRM the song/video file so you need to pay every time you want to access it. brain viruses, trojans, rootkits, buffer overflows, domestic spying, advertising, crime law enforcement etc... all your memories are belong to us.

WOW! (-1, Troll)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366837)

So Fox News is reporting that Microsoft is planning to release a holy-grail of neurology really soon that is ten years ahead of the best academia can come up with?

I'm *so* excited!

Microsoft can't get Windows to work properly. (0, Offtopic)

QuietLagoon (813062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366855)

Does Microsoft really expect me to trust them messing around with my grey matter?

this is kind of like (2, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366883)

taking reservations for transatlantic flights in 1880

or selling land on the moon... wait a second!? [lunarregistry.com]

this microsoft brain dump is obviously hokum, but in all seriousness, our ever growing hard drive densities, and the ubiquity of cameras nowadays, means the day is not far off when a newborn will be born and given a tiny innocuous camera implant on the side of his head, and his entire life will be videotaped

this is appealing and horrifying on a number of different levels

and it is probably only 5-10 years off

But the scary part is... (4, Funny)

Roadkills-R-Us (122219) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366895)

Microsoft wants to restore your memories. Do you allow Microsoft to restore your memories?

[X] Yes [] No

[X] Always trust Microsoft to restore your memories

Re:But the scary part is... (1)

lord3nd3r (1073580) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366985)

Who calls Microsoft when you're brain has a BSOD after the restore? Or can you simply restart in "Safe Mode"?

Re:But the scary part is... (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366999)

You're trying to forget about what you did when you were drunk last night.

Cancel or Allow?

Re:But the scary part is... (1, Funny)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367033)

I suddenly remembered I was planning on upgrading to Vista Ultimate and Office Ultimate today!

Re:But the scary part is... (1)

phasm42 (588479) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367103)

It'll silently drop all your bad memories of Microsoft products. BSODs, Explorer crashes... gone!

We can recall it for you wholesale (1)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367173)

Douglas Quaid: "Ever heard of Mikrosoft? They sell those fake memories."
Lori Quaid: "MIKROSOFT?! You went to those brain butchers?!"

Re:But the scary part is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21367287)

Unfortunately, you are not allow to retore you memories because you do not have a genuine copy of your brain. Please contact us at 1 8-MI CRO SOFT to have your license key for your briain.

Microsoft Support Staff

Re:But the scary part is... (1)

russ1337 (938915) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367951)

Unfortunately, you are not allow to restore you memories because you do not have a genuine copy of your brain. ...
I work with many that fall into this category.

Memory Backup? (1)

Eddy Luten (1166889) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366909)

A closer look at Gordon Bell's ever-present voice recorder and SenseCam.
Wal-Mart will probably do a cheaper job selling you a web cam and a digital recorder, no need for Microsoft. You've got be be kidding me with this pulp.

Movies and music (2, Insightful)

michaelmalak (91262) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366913)

No mention is made as to whether Microsoft will claim to own the digital rights to the content of your life, or what license fees you will have to pay to access your own memories.
Wow, sounds a lot like the XXAA -- implant memories into individuals and create common experiences in society -- then charge for each access to recall those memories and experiences.

Transference (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366959)

I'm not going to wear one of those helmets Dr. McCoy put on, but I could never type fast enough to put all my experiences and stuff in a computer. Some of it would need to be spoken and have a very good interface to query me on details I may leave out. Microsoft is really good at this (Are you sure there's nothing else you'd like to add? Yes/No/Cancel)

Has anyone ever figured out how many, say, bytes an image in your memory takes up? How about sounds, tastes, touch feelings, etc.

Product Activation (5, Funny)

mezron (132274) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366975)

So how often will I be able to change my mind before I have to reactivate?

hold on a second (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#21366995)

This is why you can't patent warp engines isn't it? Yeah, the idea may be nice... But if it's nothing but an idea you're going to squash any sort of REAL research in this area with announcements like that aren't you?

Clippy! (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367027)

Clippy popped up during my honeymoon:

It looks like you are trying to have an*l s*x?
Do you want assistence with that [Y] [N]

Re:Clippy! (correction) (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367095)

I goofed up the question mark. Sorry 'bout that. I guess I need Microsoft Add-in Spelling Brain Lobe 6.0

Its impossible man (1)

esconsult1 (203878) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367043)

I suppose its possible to go around with a camera and a microphone and log everything. But for the ethics of it, see the movie The Final Cut [imdb.com] .

Who's gonna control your memories when you die? Do you really want to record everything, even when you cheat on your significant other? Do you really want to record when you're jacking off? Or taking a dump?

Re:Its impossible man (1)

locster (1140121) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367149)

"Do you really want to record when you're jacking off? Or taking a dump?"

Well yeh, I'd want to keep the highlights at least.

Re:Its impossible man (1)

Eccles (932) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367981)

Hell, there are a few things I wouldn't mind wiping out from the original, much less a copy.

Re:Its impossible man (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 6 years ago | (#21368287)

Hell, there are a few things I wouldn't mind wiping out from the original, much less a copy.

Yeah, if this catches on we'll need to write some Photoshop filters for the mind.

Like Gaussian Blur.

I'd rather not remember thanks! (1)

locster (1140121) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367071)

"It could let you listen to every conversation you had when you were 21 or find that photograph of the obscure date you had on summer vacation."

Oh great, recall umpteen years of tedium. Woohoo. In case M$ hadn't noticed there are very successful game and movie industries based around the fact that people wan't to escape reality, not have it recalled in high definition!

is this old? (1)

KrazeeEyezKilla (955150) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367083)

I remember reading about this in either wired or IEEE spectrum at least a year ago

Re:is this old? (1)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367393)

Yep, it's old. It goes back to about 2000 or 2001. And the tech behind it shows. Technology's changed a lot since 2000, but the technology behind mylifebits hasn't as far as I'm aware. If microsoft poured some money into it the project could really be something groundbreaking. As it is, a couple thousand dollars would allow someone to implement a higher quality version. You could probably do better even keeping yourself into the triple digits if you're careful.

Oh joy, just think: (1)

RockedMan40 (1130729) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367125)

RIAA would love it. They could then file subpoenas because you had an unlicensed tune running through your mind.

Microsoft and Childhood memories (1)

ElizabethGreene (1185405) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367151)

Sure, you can download your brain and it works great. One thing though,
there is a small chance an upgrade will corrupt your childhood.


...that is if they haven't already killed your inner child.

Re:Microsoft and Childhood memories (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367289)

...that is if they haven't already killed your inner child.
No no, that was George Lucas...

BackUp my Brain?? (1)

darkheart22 (909279) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367177)

Sounds like VR is on the way. If there is a machine that can BackUp our brain what will stop this machine to put information in to the brain. The times of the Matrix are coming.

Injecting Ads... (1)

axehind (518047) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367189)

I can see the Advertising Execs now...... "Here's a idea, lets store the memories for free if they let us inject Ad's into them!"

Start the reactor........ (1)

Swordopolis (1159065) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367197)

And what is to prevent them from ostensibly altering your memories, if they so wished? You wouldn't know the difference; you'd forgotten it, otherwise you wouldn't be asking for your old memories in the first place?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Can_Remember_It_For_You_Wholesale [wikipedia.org]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_Recall_(film) [wikipedia.org]

Total Recall (1)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367437)

I was waiting for someone to mention that. Someone needs to tag this article totalrecall. I never read the book (from the same author that wrote the books that were adapted into Blade Runner and Minority Report), but the film was great.

Moronic exxagerration (4, Informative)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367231)

Basically, what this guy wants to do is to have you carry a videocamera around 100% of the time, always on. Then they have software to analyze what it hears/says.

He describes this as your memory, as an attempt to make it seem important instead of silly.

It is this artifical record he is talking about, not your real memory.

The time has come.. (1)

rkaa (162066) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367243)

Now is the time for all brave IT lingo geeks who patiently preached the difference between hacking and cracking. It will be simpler from now on: If your head *really* hurts, it's being cracked. Simple. I feel a rap coming... ....so I was backin' up my brain - when da hackin' went insane..

and then something about "crackin'" and "pain"!! I could make a million. As a matter of fact, I think I'll change my nickname.

Sharing memories a la zune (2, Funny)

mezron (132274) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367347)

Heh... you could "squirt" some memories at people

Me: Hey remember that time I went out with your sister and *squirt*
Friend: AAAHHHHH!!!!! TURN THAT THING OFF!!

fortunately the memories would disappear after 3 days or 3 "viewings" lol

Thoughts (1)

robpoe (578975) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367365)

First off the Fox article says the folks @ MS think that a 1TB drive will be less than $300 by 2010??? Uuuh..

Second.. Can anyone say "Oh shit, my Windows OS just got infected and now all my memories are V14gr4 and c14115" ads..

Third .. *sigh* nevermind

Re:Thoughts (1)

Wolvie MkM (661535) | more than 6 years ago | (#21368289)

By 2010? How about by the end of the year? Jeeze that's some lack of foresight on their part, a Seagate 1TB is already 347$ at my local shop!

As a Prosecuting Attorney I would salivate at this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21367387)

As a Prosecuting Attorney I would salivate at this.

Yes, sir here is your subpoena and the court order for your memories.
We don't worry about you telling the truth since we can just scan your memories
and submit those as evidence.

Hence why this will never happen. Defense attorneys are richer and have more lobbying power.

BSOD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21367389)

So when you die does the program give your memories the Blue screen of Death?

Fixed it. (1, Redundant)

Wellington Grey (942717) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367441)

Honestly this looks like a bunch of hooey to me, but I figured others would be better suited to say.

Honestly this looks like a bunch of hooey to me, but I posted it on the front page anyway.

There. Fixed it.

-Grey [silverclipboard.com]

Which version? (5, Funny)

imikem (767509) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367575)

* MS Memories Home Basic (TM) - You're told that you have memories, but this version can't restore them.

* MS Memories Home Premium (TM) - You're allowed to restore "up to" 10 memories, with a list of restrictions covering a page in 3 point text, notably that only individual, not shared nor professional memories are permissible.

* MS Memories Business (TM) - Restores any job related memories. As if anyone wants to remember them.

* MS Memories Ultimate (TM) - Any and all memories can be restored, or they would if the driver for your brain was functional. There's even "Extras" that will provide supplemental memories for those with exceedingly boring lives, such as readers of /. At least there will be once the next upgrade is released.

Summary is brain-dead (2, Insightful)

mattr (78516) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367649)

TFA does not in any part of it say "backing up your brain". It does not say it gives you "a simulacrum of your memories". It does give some clear explanation of research they are doing, which is not new.

It is not "hooey" either, as the web really is a memory extender just try Google. Or ask Ted Nelson, whose work on Xanadu hypertext for example is tracable to his own faulty memory which he overcame by carrying ring-bound cards on his belt.

The only problem with this of course is that Microsoft is involved. They are inevitably going to spread their smarmy-feely corporate crap all over it. And you know what's going to happen, you will see people buy other people's lives (as a 100GB file download of multimedia clips indexed by time and location) and act all superior and shit.

They always describe these things in glowing terms that make you think of your Mom scanning in family photos to email her kids but in the end they end up owning your ass. That part of it wasn't hooey.

Now an open source version of this would be cool. I wouldn't have to write stuff down, just surf back a la Time Machine or if anyone has tried it, Gelernter's Mirror Worlds which was an interesting Java desktop demo that puts you in mind of the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. If someone tagged bits of their lives meaningfully it might be useful, even restaurants might get better service.

I'll bet... (0)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367665)

...Microsoft's work has nothing on the original memex [wikipedia.org] as envisioned by Vanevar Bush [wikipedia.org] in the 40s. Chances are they don't even credit him. Everything old is new again. Blah blah blah. Not to mention, I have a ton of innovative ideas in a set of text files at home that would probably put most of Microsoft's ideas to shame.

Brain Backup vs NTBackup (2, Informative)

oatworm (969674) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367669)

They're working on backing up our brains? Great! In the meantime, let me know when they actually get a backup solution for Windows Server that doesn't make me want to compulsively attempt to kill myself from alcohol poisoning after using it.

P.S. Whose idea was it to include Active Directory with System State and not let you restore one without the other, hmm? Maybe I don't WANT to restore the rest of my registry.

Not a backup. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21367821)

It's not a backup if you can't restore it.

Erase a memory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21367927)

Thank goodness! Now I can finally erase that memory of the picture of goat.se I saw one time, which has been seared into my gray matter ever since.

Uh no... (1)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 6 years ago | (#21367955)

Too invasive and too much access to sensitive information in my life from a company that can't even make a virus free operating system. When they can make an OS that isn't able to be compromised then maybe we'll start talking. Till then I'm running Mother Nature's OS in my head and only using the peripherals that the good lord gave me.

hooey (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#21368109)

I'm looking forward to seeing the new tag "hooey" [slashdot.org] become the most popular at Slashdot. And, if measured by Google hits, the very definition of "Slashdot" (the noun).

tagged !biotech (1)

Arathon (1002016) | more than 6 years ago | (#21368259)

Please feel free to join me in protesting this silly story. This is certainly not biotech, no matter which way you slice it.

My Father Passed Away 3 Years Ago.... (2, Interesting)

quangdog (1002624) | more than 6 years ago | (#21368315)

So, my father held a PhD in Chemical Engineering from CalTech, and had a wonderful life full of rich experiences. He passed away 3 years ago, and in the subsequent time since then, I have come to realize I really didn't know my dad. He did leave a lot of information behind (life story, records of important events, etc), but (while this article is a dupe, and MS isn't getting anywhere near my noggin, etc) the idea of being able to crawl through the data / memories in his brain is admittedly very appealing.

There are huge moral implications to consider here though - what portions of a brain are private/public, can you retrieve (or should we even try) data from folks who have passed on, etc..

I for one am intrigued by the idea.

--Kimball
http://www.kimballlarsen.com/ [kimballlarsen.com]
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