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MyLifeBits to Store Every Moment of Your Life

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the now-we-need-a-hud-to-go-with-it dept.

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Dixie_dean writes "Microsoft researchers are developing a way to enable you to capture every moment of your life and store it on your computer. The principal researcher with Microsoft's research arm, Gordon Bell, is developing a way for everyone to remember those special moments. 'The nine-year project, called MyLifeBits, has Bell supplementing his own memory by collecting as much information as he can about his life. He's trying to store a lifetime on his laptop. He's gone on to collect images of every Web page he's ever visited, television shows he's watched, recorded phone conversations, and images and audio from conference sessions, along with his e-mail and instant messages. Calculating that he saves about a gigabyte of information every month, he noted that he tries to only save photos of a megabyte or less. Bell figures one could store everything about his life, from start to finish, using a terabyte of storage." This is a project we've been talking about for a long time.

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Aren't they 24 years late? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019006)

To forget is human. To be human is important.

Re:Aren't they 24 years late? (2, Funny)

kirbysuperstar (1198939) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019366)

I for one welcome our new robot overlords.

Re:Aren't they 24 years late? (4, Insightful)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019776)

Well. They're to late to capture last week's bout of virulent diarrhoea. There's an episode I'm not soon liable to forget!

That such moments will be forever trapped and preserved, like a fly in digital amber, is a notion that I relish with degree of satisfaction paralleled only by the joy I have in watching old episodes of The Waltons and the Golden Girls.

Re-run runs...

Re:Aren't they 24 years late? (1)

Missing_dc (1074809) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019534)

don't forget, make permanent media instead.

I'm still waiting for the ability to don a "squid" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114558/ [imdb.com]
and really record the "bits" of my life. You all thought I was joking about banging all those college chicks!

sorry guys, my HTML suxorz like a mad cow and I can't recall how to make the "squid" a hyperlink

Cutting room floor (5, Funny)

Justabit (651314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019010)

Just need to find a good editor for the film of my lifebits to play at my funeral and i"ll be happy.

MyLifeStore for boring people (4, Funny)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019426)

I predict a service selling clipart LifeBits to people who have really boring lives. It's called MyLifeStore. You upload a picture of your face and for $25 you can buy a LifeBit of you doing exciting stuff like bungy jumping while saving rain forests in the Amazon. Use it to overwrite that day when you just stayed at home and read the newspaper.

Re:MyLifeStore for boring people (4, Funny)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019686)

I predict a service selling clipart LifeBits to people who have really boring lives. It's called MyLifeStore. You upload a picture of your face and for $25 you can buy a LifeBit of you doing exciting stuff like bungy jumping while saving rain forests in the Amazon. Use it to overwrite that day when you just stayed at home and read /. all day long.
There I fixed that for you

Re:Cutting room floor (1)

Daengbo (523424) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019468)

At this point in time, I don't think that the technical hurdle is storing the information. We almost certainly have the disk capacity to store audio and stills from much of a person's life.

Organizing all that information into something that's useful or even really accessible is the hard part.

Re:Cutting room floor (3, Insightful)

urlgrey (798089) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019812)

I hate it when life imitates art like this. This sounds eerily like the Robin William film "The Final Cut" [imdb.com]


It's about time! (5, Funny)

Angst Badger (8636) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019014)

Finally, technology has caught up with narcissism.

Re:It's about time! (4, Funny)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019378)

You're off by three years [youtube.com] ....

Re:It's about time! (3, Funny)

Garabito (720521) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019420)

I thought it had already happened when blogs were invented

We need to remember THIS! (5, Funny)

SeeSp0tRun (1270464) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019020)

Just what we need...
To remember what all the pr0n sites we visited when we were 15...
at age 70.

Re:We need to remember THIS! (1)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019198)

Remember porn sites? How about record porn *video*?

I was thinking if they could tap into e.g. the optical nerve and auditory cortex, then you look the same but get an audio-video recording of everything, and FPS porn would ... benefit.

Privacy would be hurt though because it's that much harder to observe someone recording you.

Re:We need to remember THIS! (1)

AstrumPreliator (708436) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019390)

Not to belittle your midget shemale porn that you watched at age 15, but let's not forget goatse, tubgirl, lemonparty, etc... ... No wait, we should forget those! shudders

Obligatory Red Dwarf Quote (4, Funny)

rsteele19 (150541) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019026)

CAT: No, this isn't the one.
LISTER: What isn't?
CAT: I'm looking for this dream I had last month on the dream recorder.
  It was sensational.
LISTER: What was it about?
CAT: Me, three girls and a family-sized tub of banana yoghurt!
RIMMER: You know, cats have a very strange attitude to women if you ask
  me.
CAT: Say what, Goalpost Head?
RIMMER: It's all sex, and no sense of settling down and having a long-
  term relationship.
CAT: Hey, I want to settle down.  And as soon as I find the right small
  group of girls, the seven or eight women who are right for me, my
  wandering days are over, buddy.</pre>

Re:Obligatory Red Dwarf Quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019586)

Genius! Pure genius! I love Red Dwarf!

Doesn't... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019032)

the CIA already do this when we go to the dentist?

Hmmm (0, Troll)

El Lobo (994537) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019040)

Come on...This is /. We can do better. It's about MS so we need some bash... Lets see... maybe it's an old idea? Or maybe it's all about money and a big fuck to the OS community? Naaah.. Ohh I know, maybe it's a conspiration to get a monopoly in the market of memories (TM)? Nahhh.. Oh maybe they are trying to destabilize Linuzzz ?... Come on people, maybe some jokes about chairs, monopolies or rotten Abbles can help? After all, we are better than "them" aren't we?

Copyright Infringement (5, Interesting)

Jamu (852752) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019070)

What happens if he goes to watch a movie? If it were possible to store every moment of your life, and use it to augment your normal memory, would you need a change in the copyright laws?

Re:Copyright Infringement (1)

gwern (1017754) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019186)

Fair use, man. If you try and distribute lifebits, then you're in trouble. But that's the same thing as taking a camera into a movie theater, then...

Re:Copyright Infringement (1)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019252)

What if you're only taking the camera into the movie so you can watch the film at a later time by yourself?

Re:Copyright Infringement (1)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019628)

What if you're only taking the camera into the movie so you can watch the film at a later time by yourself?

They'll call bullshit. They'll say that it's more likely that you plan on distributing it. And convince a jury of that. And that's game over for you.

Re:Copyright Infringement (1)

PReDiToR (687141) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019778)

So bring out a range of LifeBits cameras with built-in LifeBits DRM.
Plausible deniability right there.

Oh, and later on, when you get it home, use your Linux box to rip out the DRM and post it to Pirate Bay.

Re:Copyright Infringement (1)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019844)

Plausible deniability right there.

Plausible deniability requires plausibility; DRM that you control is not plausible. Also, even if it met that standard, it's not enough. You have to demonstrate that it is more likely that you are not going to distribute it than that you are. Now, if the quality was 320x240, in B&W at 6 FPS, that's an argument. But if the quality is up-to-snuff, you lose.

Re:Copyright Infringement (1)

CodeBuster (516420) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019424)

The MAFIAA will be sending him his settlement letter soon enough I'd wager...

forget it NOW! (1)

JucaBlues (990708) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019616)

If you insist in continuing to remember those good moments you enjoyed that time at the cinema you'll probably receive a cease'n'desist letter.

Recursive? (4, Funny)

MyNymWasTaken (879908) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019078)

What about recording me watching a recording of me watching a recording of me watching ...?

Re:Recursive? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019110)

You did not finish your sentence.

Re:Recursive? (4, Funny)

B4D BE4T (879239) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019514)

Colonel Sandurz: You're looking at now, sir. Everything that happens now is happening now.
Dark Helmet: What happened to then?
Colonel Sandurz: We passed then.
Dark Helmet: When?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now. We're at now now.
Dark Helmet: Go back to then.
Colonel Sandurz: When?
Dark Helmet: Now!
Colonel Sandurz: Now?
Dark Helmet: Now!
Colonel Sandurz: I can't.
Dark Helmet: Why?
Colonel Sandurz: We missed it.
Dark Helmet: When?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now.
Dark Helmet: When will then be now?
Colonel Sandurz: Soon.

Already done in a way... (2, Informative)

LoRdTAW (99712) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019520)

Wasn't there a lame movie about this starring Robin Williams... oh yea it was called The Final Cut [imdb.com]

This sounds like a terrible idea... (4, Insightful)

drydirt (1161445) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019098)

... Unless you're one of those perpetually smiling people only seen in corporate clip art, life tends to be full of more unpleasant, uncomfortable, and completely banal events than positive. I could not imagine anything worse than watching high school all over again. I would probably want to strangle myself for being such a horrible, awkward geek.

Really... How many moments of your life do you really want to relive? And wouldn't re-watching your most pleasant memories knowing what you know now dilute just how pleasant those memories were?

Obligatory Microsoft Bashing (1)

NoobixCube (1133473) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019102)

Now they can own your life, too! I think Microsoft will be the first to prove people have souls when they begin research into how they can own them. Sorry. Had to. When I started typing, there was no other Microsoft bashing post. Mod me down for Flamebait, if you want :P

As long as its optional (4, Funny)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019108)

Although, seeing the borg icon makes me doubtful about how long it will be optional for

Re:As long as its optional (3, Funny)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019400)

Although, seeing the borg icon makes me doubtful about how long it will be optional for
I found that quite a profound statement, especially since right after reading it, I got a popup saying "Updates are ready to install"...

Re:As long as its optional (3, Insightful)

Original Replica (908688) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019542)

Some aspects of this will probably remain optional, but as storage gets smaller and ID programs gain steam, the two are bound to converge. Maybe you won't be able to see photos of various events throughout your life but your: GPS location, website history, purchase history, known associates, employment record, legal history, medical records, etc. will all be recorded. Ten years from now it will all fit in your federal ID that you have to carry in order to travel or make any purchases. Regardless of who wins the next election, it will happen.

Store your life with Microsoft (1)

Tim99 (984437) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019118)

Maybe that explains Vista - Perhaps MyLifeBits was incorporated into the Beta, and they forgot to take it out?
Using a Microsoft product to store your life, that's frightening.

Not "every moment" (3, Insightful)

jdigriz (676802) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019136)

Sorry, but this is just journalistic hyperbole. It's not every moment of your life. If you were to store every moment of your life as HD video, it would consume far more than a TB. And that still leaves 3 other senses we haven't devised recorders or storage formats for. Not to mention high-resolution PET scans for internal state, brainwave records and who knows what else. This project is a cute scrapbook instead, not full-time, automagic, all-encompassing archiving of first-person experience. But yeah, we have a lot of storage and a person obsessed with scrapbooking minutiae could have a field-day.

Re:Not "every moment" (1)

Ethan Allison (904983) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019638)

At least for now... imagine Facebook in 40 years.

Re:Not "every moment" (1)

gravis777 (123605) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019720)

Yeah, I had the same shock. My reaction was either they are using one hell of a compression method that they are keeping top-secret, or using some incredibly low quality files, or using some craptastic framerate. Shoot, Pirates of the Carabian shiped on two BluRay discs, and that is, what, about 100 gig of data (although I think the second disc was only a single layer), and you get like, what, less than a days worth of viewing material? Even in DivX or XVid low res quality, an hour long Dr Who episode is like 300 meg.

What if we are talking about still pictures? I have a 7 megapixel camera, and when I go on vacation, I can easily take a gig worth of pictures in a day. Shoot, I just backed up my pics and vids from 2007-2008, and it BARELY fit on 2 DL DVD+Rs - roughly 17 gig of data, and that was not using the camera every day.

Fit a life into a terabyte? Yeah, i guess its possible, if you consider people doing what they are already doing - taking pictures and videos with their digital cameras and camera phones, as long as we don't start using 21 megapixel cameras to document them in RAW format.

We're being "Microsgoogled"!! (3, Funny)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019146)

Google want you to store all your stuff on-line with them. Now Microsoft want to store your life off-line on your pc with them. Next thing you know your mobile provider will give you recording of all your phone calls you've ever made through them...(Well makes a change from them giving the recordings to the government!) :D

Re:We're being "Microsgoogled"!! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019788)

Nono, they'll charge you for offering you your recordings. Forwarding them to the government is a free bonus package you get anyway.

Do NOT want (5, Funny)

unformed (225214) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019152)

When I'm 53 years old and I'm carrying my grandkids on my lap, I want to be able tell them stories of the old days, like "You young whippersnappers think you have it tough? Back in my day, we couldn't just go out and buy unleaded gasoline. No sir! We had to scrape the lead out with our bare hands! And you think you have it tough with your complicated computers and what not. Back when I was a kid, we didn't even have computers to write with. We communicated entirely in ones and zeros ... written in PENCIL!

Imagine what would happen if they could just look up the past and say "Ha ha, Grandma! You're lying!"

Do not take away my golden years, dammit!

Re:Do NOT want (4, Funny)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019286)

I once told my grandpa "c'mon man you old people seriously exaggerate with how bad you had it".

Then he hit me with...

"Yup 'cause having German snipers shooting at me on Omaha was just as much fun as tugging it to almost naked girls on Youtube".

Shut me right up :\

Re:Do NOT want (1)

Hashi Lebwohl (997157) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019310)

I'm 53 you insensitive clod! And have carried my geek card since 1969! (truly). Everything my kids know about computers, they got from me.

Re:Do NOT want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019474)

53 with grandkids?

Re:Do NOT want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019630)

Average is 26.5 per generation. That's not implausible.

Re:Do NOT want (1)

Angst Badger (8636) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019624)

So you think your "golden years" are when you're 53? What are you now, thirteen?

Re:Do NOT want (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019808)

It's even worse. Instead of having to listen to you since you can guilttrap them with "You'll be sorry when I'm dead, since nobody can tell you that when I'm gone", they'll simply reply with something akin to "Doesn't matter if you're alive, if we should really be interested for some odd reason, we'll look it up".

Wait till he gets his first subpoena (2, Interesting)

b4dc0d3r (1268512) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019208)

Wait till he gets his first subpoena. I'd love to see a court have to go through all of that just to not find anything of value.

A Great Measure! (2, Funny)

LucBorg (853592) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019220)

This takes the "get a life!" insult to a whole new measurable level. Soon geeks across the world will be able to win an internet forum/irc argument simply based on how much "life" they have, measured in GB or TB.

But to make it a more useful measure, there should also be a way of adding "emotion" points to the total score (where users asign a level of emotion or fun to each event stored in their digitally stored lives) with a function such as {Adjusted true-life-years = life disk usage x total emotion points}. Then you can let the software do the calculation and tell you your ATLY score, perhaps as widget on your Facebook profile.

Finally we have a way of measuring who is more of a nerd than someone else, and all thanks to Microsoft. Who would have guessed?

Re:A Great Measure! (1)

luder (923306) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019276)

Soon geeks across the world will be able to win an internet forum/irc argument simply based on how much "life" they have, measured in GB or TB.
Considering all that porn, I doubt TB is even enough...

I might be a pessimist but... (3, Insightful)

RobinH (124750) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019234)

Here are some possible problems... you can have the files subpeona'd for court cases. How do you secure them against someone who wants to know anything about you? Will your employer demand you submit the recordings each day?

I might be ok with it if the constitution was changed to make privacy an absolute right, and make the punishment for taking one of these files to be extremely severe.

Re:I might be a pessimist but... (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019724)

"Here are some possible problems... you can have the files subpeona'd for court cases. How do you secure them against someone who wants to know anything about you?"

You can't; you're fucked in the discovery phase, period. Privacy is a survival tool that should not be sacrificed to record every inane aspect of one's life.

The Final Cut (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019236)

Not such a bad movie, and probably holds a bit of truth - are you actually willing to record *everything*, or are you going to conveniently leave out the Bad Stuff? Not to mention that there is always the tamperability factor - this will *NEVER* show you who someone is or was, because there will always be omissions, edits, and just plain ol' vain lies to make one look "better" than they really are.

More to the point, who the hell would do this? For Pete's sake, please just live your life, die, live on in friends' and your family's memories for a few decades, and then be forgotten. I don't understand the desire to imprint oneself in history for forever. Besides, who's shallow and ignorant enough to actually think they have a legacy to leave behind?

Camcorders are bad enough... I've seen people ruin entire events because they can't just sit back and enjoy the moment -- it all has to be caught on video. Congratulations, you've recorded hundreds of hours of your child, and basically missed out on their entire childhood because you were too busy working behind the camera. Sometimes technology peeves me right off. :'(

hmm... using a terabyte of storage! (1)

rrahimi (1270478) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019262)

"One Terabyte ought to be enough for anyone."
- Gordon Bell

Grey matter... (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019266)

I've already got the best storage medium possible for my life: my brain. Keeps not only video and audio, but also stores the other three senses.

Who is this for? Those with Alzheimer's or amnesia?

Interesting concept, but it seems to be more marketing fluff than a useful product.

Re:Grey matter... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019326)

It's for people who haven't realized yet that memories are more pleasant when they aren't perfect...

Re:Grey matter... (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019368)

and the sooner we can make backups of it the better.

Re:Grey matter... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019820)

Think about that statement again. I'd be kinda scared about the possibilities.

Hint: "We have a warrant for a backup of your brain here..."

Re:Grey matter... (1)

_KiTA_ (241027) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019458)

I've already got the best storage medium possible for my life: my brain. Keeps not only video and audio, but also stores the other three senses.



Who is this for? Those with Alzheimer's or amnesia?



Interesting concept, but it seems to be more marketing fluff than a useful product.

Or, for, you know, your great grandchildren. Or your widow. Or for some historian who finds your body 100 years after "The Great Incident".

Or whatever.

I'd love to be able to review things that I've forgotten later on, like trying to remember what exactly I was told at work, that one book I saw in passing at Borders.

Re:Grey matter... (1)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019476)

Who is this for? Those with Alzheimer's or amnesia?
Actually, that's a pretty intense area of research right now. We cohosted a related workshop [rochester.edu] last year with (you got it) Microsoft, and will likely do so again in the near future. The lab homepage [rochester.edu] is a bit rudimentary at present, but it should give you some idea of what exactly is going on.

With the Baby Boomers approaching the "elderly" stage, is it surprising that there is a demand?

My Computer (3, Insightful)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019268)

Anyone who ever saw that icon on their Windows desktop that says "My Computer", and picture Bill Gates saying it, not themselves, should think about giving Microsoft that kind of complete access to their entire lives.

If the source were open, it were stored locally or encrypted at customer-selected third-party networked datacenters, this app could be wonderful, a lifesaver. But trust Microsoft with one's entire life? That sounds like putting it all in once place to be ruined or stolen.

Why? (2)

teasea (11940) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019278)

I'm seeing more and more projects that simply have me saying, "why?"

Seriously. I think filling my drives with random bits and seeing if there is anything readable would be more interesting.

Re:Why? (1)

bill0755 (692856) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019732)

I completely agree.

Flashing before your eyes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019280)

Think he'll play back the tape at 1000x on his deathbed?

Re:Flashing before your eyes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019576)

Assuming you live to turn 100, playback at 1000x would take 36 days, 12 hours to watch. Even if one died 30 minutes immediately after birth, it would still take 1.8 seconds to watch that entire life at 1000x. Hardly a "flash". You're either going to need to speed up playback (upwards of 100,000,000,000x), or else dramatically cut back the interval at which you extract frames to view. :)

Am I the only one? (1)

MrMage (1240674) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019304)

Who's actually looking forward to something like this? When I first started using Google desktop I thought it was amazing that I could look up something I merely glimpsed at months ago.

Or I could let my family use my computer and have a full report on everything they had done. It was great.

I just don't see how it could possibly be convenient. Sure, you could get something set up with a GPS to keep track of travel, software to monitor browsing and application use, but I'll be damned if I scan every magazine I read or document dates. Then again, I don't have a journal for that reason either (a cheaper and easier solution to it all, really).

a story full of itself (2, Insightful)

djrbeta (1270492) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019316)

This project is trivially achieved but the product is doomed to be uninteresting: "I spent all my life taking and organizing photos of myself".

After all, the recording work must be recorded, and so must the recording work of the recording work, the recording work of the recording work of the recording work, ad infinitum. Get a life, microsoft.

Honest baby! (3, Funny)

nick_davison (217681) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019320)

"Honest baby! I'm not shooting home porn. It's a LifeBlog(tm). I film everything. No... Come back.... Come back!"

Unless you're dating someone with the IQ of Paris Hilton... Or the exhibitionist streak of Paris Hilton... I see some problems here. And if you are dating Paris Hilton, good God man, you've got problems enough.

Re:Honest baby! (0)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019678)

And if you are dating Paris Hilton, good God man, you've got problems enough.

Including Herpes; if you don't have it already, you'll have it after dating Paris Hilton. Plus who knows how many other STDs.

640K software is all the memory anybody would ever (1)

m1ndrape (971736) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019330)

same old refrain has been updated and now it's been clarified 1TB of memories is all the storage anybody would ever need.

Henry David Thoreau said... (1)

Tatisimo (1061320) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019348)

"My life has been the poem I would have writ, but I could not both live and utter it"

Guess not anymore! Now how long until we are able to back up our brains into hard drives?

Very small subset of everything (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019354)

Ahhh once again MS changes the definition to suit their marketing needs. "Everything" now means a small selected subset of everything that they have chosen and decided is important. Does it record your mood? Does it record your vital signs? Does it record your dreams? Your aspirations? Your fears? No we're talking low res images of trivial crap like what web site you've visited. Shit I can do that now with File->Save As and get original resolution to boot. Would be nice to automate that with a firefox extension or store history permanently, but it's not life changing, revolutionary or a complete record of anything.

Even if you had high def video of what you saw for every second of your life, you'd still be missing many many important things, visual and otherwise that are going on around you. Not to mention privacy concerns. I simply don't need detailed video of me taking a shit on April 5th 1983. Wouldn't mind having video of when I proposed to my wife, but that's not something I'd want to share despite it being G rated.

Re:Very small subset of everything (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019410)

With a tiny teeny weeny gig A MONTH it can hardly record the dates... The idea itself, while highly theoretical, I find interesting.

2012: MyLifeBits, now a legal requirement for all! (2, Insightful)

justdrew (706141) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019358)

how long before everyone is REQUIRED to wear one of these at all times so they can be checked on for terrorism or pedophilia 24x7x365? Microsoft can go die

I have a strange feeling (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019362)

I have a strange feeling that somebody is already documenting my life. Every page I visit, every step I make, every breath I take. And they never gonna let me down.

All you need to do is just ask for your personal copy.

The Memex lives...kinda (1)

IwarkChocobos (881084) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019396)

I built many of my college papres on this technology, and even cited this project in several papers.
Finally, technology advanced enough to allow Vannevar Bush's Memex to come alive. I would like to see how well this fairs with the public. Much of the public does not want tracking of every little digital movement...
We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

It's called keeping a journal. (1)

bluemetal (1269852) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019428)

Seriously...

Microsoft falls short again. (1)

retech (1228598) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019440)

Sorry but a TB...wtf? I don't want some low res windows paint shit version of my life. I'd prefer everything to be in HD just as it was created. Why I'd ever want to remember the "good ol' days" in artifact compression is beyond me. But this is just so typical of their line of thinking.

Will they own the rights to the playback of my life?

gods! (2, Insightful)

apodyopsis (1048476) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019478)

I would guess the people who would be interested in this would be reeaally boring.

Ipso facto, their saved record/video/photos of their life would be reeally boring.

I seem to remember reading once that almost nobody ever used their web browsers history, so I'm guess this will never get off the ground.

Frankly I do not feel like I need my own black box, but I guess there will be some sound medical reasons why some people might want one (dementia?)

How will he manage it? (1)

Stone316 (629009) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019486)

I have 36GB of digital photos and countless VHS-C and miniDV tapes lying around. I still can't decide on how to organize it.. I can't imagine having to figure out how to organize clips from my entire life....

Gawd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23019504)

I have a hard enough time getting my friends to sit and stay for the 300 slides of my trip to Gary, Indiana. How am I gonna keep them long enough to watch my entire life? Besides, it's much more intresting to just say that if they want to know about my life with my girlfriend, watch Pucca.

Re:Gawd (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019690)

I have a hard enough time getting my friends to sit and stay for the 300 slides of my trip to Gary, Indiana.

Is this a joke, or are you serious? I drove through Gary once; the only thing you'll get slides of there is boarded-up buildings downtown and winos lying around begging for money.

WGA_LIFE (1)

NullProg (70833) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019524)

WGA_LIFE has detected that your not authorized to view YOUR_LIFE; YOUR_LIFE failed Genuine Life Validation. Please contact Microsoft for a Genuine Life license fee to access YOUR_LIFE. Your access to YOUR_LIFE will fail in thirty days if not authorized via Microsoft Genuine Life Advantage.

(EULA) YOUR_LIFE License is non-transferable to non Genuine Life supported platforms. Once you start YOUR_LIFE service with Microsoft or authorized 3rd parties, Microsoft owns YOUR_LIFE. Microsoft reserves the rights to upgrade YOUR_LIFE to version 1, 2, or 3 without notice.

Enjoy,

Bell is a boring man... (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019570)

That's all I have to say about anyone that can store then entirety of his life in one terabyte. Shit, that won't even store the copies of Windows that he has installed.

Yes, I know that is not the kind of thing you save, but from what I've seen when people have digital space to store things, they collect more things. They never worry about space until they run out.

"... oh, well then do you think I should get the 300GB drive?" says one little lady I know who just wants to have room for her 'stuff'. Yes, most of it is pictures and jokes. She is 65, has the address of some 3500 friends and letters and stuff she has written, including the manuscript from a book she had published. If she were to collect everything... well, 1 TByte isn't going to cut the mustard. Only the FSM knows how much room she'd need if she had grandchildren.

Yep, he must be boring as hell.

We already have that (1)

neuromancer23 (1122449) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019572)

It's called the federal government

Seems like a problem... (1)

emeitner (513842) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019584)

"He's gone on to collect images of every Web page he's ever visited, television shows he's watched, recorded phone conversations, and images and audio from conference sessions, along with his e-mail and instant messages. "

Sounds like a new electronic form of Compulsive Hoarding Disorder...
http://www.helpinghoarders.com/ [helpinghoarders.com]

My life ... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019598)

... from Mircosoft's point of view: staring at a blue screen. Waiting for Vista to boot.

Clarke saw it coming (1)

Uroborus42 (1262304) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019602)

Didn't Clarke depict something like this in the final Odyssey book, 3001? Except that he predicted that it would require a petabyte, I think. Of course, that was to record an entire human consciousness and a lifetime of experiences.

1TB? Unlikely... (1)

bigdavesmith (928732) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019610)

Bell figures one could store everything about his life, from start to finish, using a terabyte of storage.
Hell, it would take more space than that just to record all the pron I've seen...

Don't need it. (1)

jlowery (47102) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019614)

I already can replay the most embarrassing moments in my life in all the detail I care to muster, thanks.

mylifebites? (1)

xorbe (249648) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019636)

mylifebites.com wait what was that again? oh *bits* ...

genuine advantage (1)

Miguel de Icaza (660439) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019666)

Already tried a demo of this lifedrive. It was terrible. WGA kept complaining "NOT GENUINE, IMPOSTER DETECTED, NO ADVANTAGE FOR YOU!"

The real challenge (1)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019696)

Recording your life is easy. Making it easily searchable is the real technical challenge.

"Show me that conversation from a few years ago when Kelly told the clown joke."

later in life (1)

benicillin (990784) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019722)

so what's he going to do when he documents everything up until the point he started documenting. will he document the fact that he spent all his time documenting his life? its kinda like when you turn the webcam towards the screen and watch the live video feed - its like going into a tunnel to nowhere!

David Boies (1)

Presto Vivace (882157) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019726)

If only David Boies had been able to subpoena the MyLifeBits of all the Microsoft corporate management. Honestly, can't this crowd see fifteen minutes into the future????????

My idea was better (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019738)

Nokia developed my idea into lifeblog or something, but here is how mine went: GPS Cellphone with camera and maybe video: You can then send pics/text/voice/video to your blog with your GPS coordinates showing up later when you released the security on them(in case your not home and people use it to rob you). Anyway, the storage is on a server computer instead of the cell phone, so you can basically store unlimited things on your storage place. Instead of getting every mundane detail of your life, you get the cool stuff all organized.

prior art (1)

Mspangler (770054) | more than 6 years ago | (#23019798)

Simon Illyan had one of these in Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan series. In Memories, it went bad due to a bio-weapon. The consequences were pretty well explored. In short, it's hard to function with random HD memories popping up at random moments. What's current, and what's history?
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