As we offload more of the storage of information to technology, might we humans be losing the art of remembering? Find out about the repercussions of ‘outsourced memory’ and learn what you can do to keep your brain active.
We all know how lost we’d be for phone numbers and email addresses if we became separated from our phone. Those from another generation recall that 20 years ago a dozen phone numbers would have been committed to memory, but today the busier we get and the more we have to remember, the more we rely on machinery.
The technosphere is our new collective memory and for the first time in history, it seems virtually no fact is beyond our reach. Might this cache of information be altering us more than we think?
Using tools so we don’t have to remember things ourselves is not new but now – thanks to technology – we can connect instantly to every piece of information the human race seemingly possesses. We’re entering a new era of ‘outsourced memory’, with some experts asking whether it might cause us to lose the art of remembering altogether.
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