Here’s an interesting blog post from a UK-based company “The Album People” that talks about why humans keep things. It makes reference to a study done by Microsoft in the UK about a common practice it called the “home archiving of cherished objects.” (although I prefer to just call it keeping things.) It struck me as a bit odd that a high-tech company would spend money to research a subject as quaint as home archiving. But then I thought about just how much all the data that’s being uploaded and forever archived on the internet has the potential to fundamentally change how future generations will store and recall their own digitized pasts. Some people have even gone as far as to attach wearable video cameras to themselves and record every minute of their lives (they’re called “lifeloggers“). But even if computers will one day have the power to store everything we’ve ever had contact with and do much of the hard work of remembering for us, it will never replace the need for human brains to interpret and give meaning to all that massive amount of data.
July 30, 2013
Why do we keep things?