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Total Recall: hoe de e-memoryrevolutie alles gaat veranderen

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What if you could remember everything? Soon, if you choose, you will be able to conveniently and affordably record your whole life in minute detail. You would have Total Recall. Authors Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell draw on experience from their MyLifeBits project at M
Paperback, 253 pages
Published 2010 by Mouria (first published 2009)
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Hugh Chatfield
No no - not the Arnold movie

This covers much of what Robert Sawyer covered in his Neanderthal trilogy.... the ability to store everything about your life - what you saw, what you read or wrote, what you heard - eveything.

However, this is no science fiction story - this is the real life activity of Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell researching how this might be achieved. Fascinating idea. In Sawyer's novel, crime was pretty much non exisitent. If you get accused of murdering someone on a particular day
Darin Strachan
This is an interesting forward-thinking book. It not only gives one man's view of how technology will affect the future of everyday life - how we will live, work, learn, etc. with instant access to our basis of knowledge, pictures, sounds, and experiences - but how the tech industry sees the future and where the industry is focused. The main focus at this year's CES, the annual consumer electronics trade show, was the wearable devices that will lead this e-memory industry. If everything comes to ...more
Devin Partlow
So the author gives us a prediction 10 years from fruition. A prediction made 5 years ago. A prediction that we're supposed to be halfway to. A prediction that aint happenin'!

The author is what I like to refer to as an Einstein-ian Technologist, a person who sees big things if only we could realize a unified theory of technology. Sure 'life logging' would be great if we eliminated all competition and then all the then monopolies worked together to make the world a better place, but that's just n
Tina Ye
Feb 01, 2010 Tina Ye rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: technology enthusiasts
Recommended to Tina by: Amazon
This work is part personal journal, part manifesto, and part self-help book. Essentially, Gordon Bell tries to make a good case for the "inevitable revolution" towards "Total Recall" (caps, mind you) that will "force" us to "adapt" to it. His diction gives you a good sense of what's to come, sigh.

If you can stomach his single-mindedly evangelical agenda, you'll find that this book pursues some interesting ideas about the implications of recording as many details of one's life as possible. And no
William Winkle
Gordon Bell stands out as one of the most influential people in the history of computing. Unlike how it may seem at first glance, this book is not an infomercial for Microsoft. It is a series of well-meditated observations and extrapolations about what will happen to us as we're able to make the digital recording of practically everything we experience part of our permanent and immediately accessible e-memory.

For sure, there are some gaping holes in Bell's narrative, not the least of which is ad
This book describes the adventures of computer entrepreneur Gordon Bell into the world of "lifelogging," which can best be described by the motto "capture everything, discard nothing." Bell long ago started saving all email (except spam), wears a pendant camera to automatically log photos of his surroundings, has all of his telephone calls archived as audio streams, and has converted all paper worth saving to electronic form. He has now added much more, including a complete medical history and p ...more
Michael Jones
Feb 01, 2013 Michael Jones marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I abandoned this book in the middle. Actually, ironically, I was listening to it in audiobook format and forgot to rip the first disc to my player! I had no problem entering the book at the second disc, but after listening to several hours of the book I had three revelations: (1) the author is right - we are inexorably moving toward what he calls "life logging" - recording in some way almost everything that happens to us. (2) There are a lot of ins and outs to "life logging", including legality ...more
Gary Lang
This book is about a subject that I've always been fascinated by – collecting a representation of everything in your life that it is possible to store digitally. Gordon Bell has used what would be his retirement years to probe the boundaries of Extreme Personal Information Management. Making good use of what he describes would require an extraordinary combination of visualization, image processing, 3D modeling, collective intelligence, and a panoply of format processors capable of extracting mea ...more
"The coming world of Total Recall will be as dramatic a change in the coming generation as the digital age has been for the present generation. It will change the way we work and learn. It will unleash our creativity and improve our health. It will change our intimate relationships with loved ones, both living and dead. It will, I believe, change what it means to be human.

This book is based heavily on Gordon Bell's experience with the MyLifeBits research project - a prototype system to digitally
Mike Templet
I honestly never finished this book, but I lost it and haven't really cared enough to start looking sense. If I ever really do find it I'll most likely skim through the remaining chapters, give it a whimsical "hmm", and throw it behind me and over my head where it will lay wherever it lands for around a year. I did try my best to best into it. I find the subject of extending ones memory beyond the boundaries of the mind. I got the books in hopes that it would attempt to lay down some proficiency ...more
Keith Kendall
As I began reading it soon felt like an infomercial. Thus, I set it aside for a few days. but later resumed because it is a topic I am very interested in. For the rest of the book, I used speed reading techniques.

As a boy I dreamed of having a computer in the basement. I imagined that I could put it together from scrap parts. I had no idea how I could pay for the air conditioning bill, but knew that I had to do it. I imagined that it could be doing complex computations that would not be practica
Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell is leading the charge to record every waking moment of your life (and even your sleeping ones) to digital media. *Total Recall* investigates what it would be like to be able to record and access all the data about your life anywhere anytime. Among other experiments, he wore a camera around his neck that took a picture automatically whenever the light changed, as when he entered a new room, and recorded his location via GPS; he tried out all sorts of health and me ...more
This book made me want to get rid of more of my stuff and record less! I'm into the Quantified Self but the idea of archiving it to review the distant past kinda creeps me out. I want a picture of today that I can use to direct my future. I don't want future generations to interact with a simulacrum of me. I'd rather be able to interact with simulacra of THEM! A lot of food for thought here but for some reason, I found this to be a very slow read.
Hans de Zwart
A very readable book from lifelogging pioneers Bell and Gemmell. They first explain what e-memories are and how total recall works, then touch upon how this will affect learning, work and daily life. The final chapters give some practical advice, look at the worries you might have and take a look towards the future.

Bell is an obvious techno-optimist and makes quite a convincing for what can be added to your life by declining to forget anything. Any concern about the societal consequences are wav
Aurelia Brouwers
Wat een saaaaai boek. Echt waar, ik had er meer van verwacht. Bell heeft kennelijk een heel boek nodig om iets uit te leggen wat in een paar bladzijden ook wel verteld had kunnen worden. Daarnaast vind ik het allemaal wat overdreven. Letterlijk ALLES willen bewaren, van boodschappenbonnetjes tot alle websites die je hebt bezocht en wanneer en waar en hoe laat? Dat gaat mij een beetje te ver. Volgens mij ben je dan meer bezig met het organiseren van wat je allemaal doet dan überhaupt met leven. I ...more
Ok, the authors are working for Microsoft and the companion website or the associated Facebook address have not been updated since 2012... What does that tell us?

Probably that the world is not really ready yet for a Total Recall Revolution. The trend might be here, but this is still not a commonplace attitude...

Interesting book nonetheless and only three stars because it read too much like a Microsoft ad at times...
A book that any tech geek will love. Bell is a strong advocate for digital storage of everything... and I mean EVERYTHING! While I don't completely agree with his mentality on many of the topics, I still admire his passion for what he has developed and his vision for the future.

There are certainly many benefits to Bell's approach to a digital catalog of one's life, but there is something to be said for the impermanence of certain aspects of life. He does touch on the subject of forgetting painf
Rana  Essa
الكتاب فى مجمله عبارة عن واحد بيحكيلك تخيل لو و لو و لو و لو..الحياة جميلة لو منسيناش ادق تفاصيلها.اللى عايزة هلاقيه بمجرد الرغبة انى الاقيه لأن حياتى كلها بأدق تفاصيلها متوثقة الكترونيا..كلام عن جمال التذكر الكامل حرفيا.وامثلة على انه يقدر يوفر لنا فرص أفضل لممارسة حياتنا وشغلنا وما الى ذلك.....شخصيا.معتقدش ان التذكر الكامل مفيد زى ما الكاتب بيحاول يوهم القارىء..ممكن تذكر جزئى عالى المستوى زى الموجود دلوقت على اجهزة الموبايل والكمبيوترات المكتبيةوالحواسب الشخصية لكن تسجيل حياتى تصويريا وكذا ملي ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Dave rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in paperless lifestyle and/or personal archival technologies
2012 has been my year of going paperless and aside from a collection of unread books, I think I'm actually going to make it. I've been scanning like crazy (no really - like crazy) and formulating long range archival/retrieval plans. Total Recall seemed both cutting edge and out of dates - all in one. Out of date (for me) because I'm on the leading edge of the e-memory revolution; cutting edge because his vision of where e-memories will take society are amazing.

It might be a bit much for a casual
I feel this book had a true bias, and motivation to spin e-memory as only positive. Unlike another recently read book called "Delete," "Total Recall" seems to only nod at the dangerous dilemma all cyber-users put themselves in. Yes, this ability to call up just about every aspect of one's life can be a good thing- but in an age of identity theft, internet stalking, social parasitic behavior- e-memory really only takes away from individualism and will remind us only of what is there to see on the ...more
The Conversation with Ross Reynolds Reynolds
Ross interviewed Jim Gemmell, co–author of "Total Recall," on the September 21, 2009 episode of "The Conversation."
Download the podcast here:

In 1998, Gordon Bell began to digitally record as much of his life as possible. Today the technology makes it easier for everyone to track their lives. What is gained from having the specific data of your life recorded and at your disposal? How could data mining the facts of your life improve your life? What if someone s
Feb 23, 2012 Dave marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I am an information hoarder. If I learn something, however trivial I want to be able to recall it later. This book sounds like it has some interesting (if extreme and perhaps scarey) ideas on technology that can do this.

"...exploring first- hand the implications of storing our entire lives digitally... the technology is already here and will be ubiquitous before we know it."
-Guy L. Tribble, MD, PhD, VP Software Technology, Apple Inc.

Video here:
This book is worth a skim, but there's not much meat. The idea of being able to save everything you ever read, see, peruse, hear in your life in some digital media is a little creepy. But I have to admit, if the search of this material will be as easy as the author suggests it would be awfully useful to remember people's names, what was discussed at what meeting etc. I would also love to have a resource like this for some of my great great grandparents. Still, it's creepy.
Lauren Albert
Gordon Bell decided one day to record everything--and I mean everything possible. He digitized documents, photos. He recorded conversations. He snapped pictures as he went about his life. This book is his take on the future of such endeavors. What could we do with all of this information--good and bad? What technologies could be developed to make use of it? Digital memory is of no use, he understands, without smarter searching. Interesting. 10/09
"Imagine a time in what you can sit in front of the computer and review every important information about yourself. And if you want more detail you can point and click - that detail will show up on screen (...), besides all other information about someone could have interest in, including the ones that are not available today.", Bill Gates, 1990. This time is coming fast and this book will give a good insight about the impacts of having an integral memory
Rita Kay
A peek into the future of storing memories so that our lives can be the subject of total recall for our heirs. While some memories are worth storing, I can't imagine anyone wanting to know every detail of my life. I am interested in getting rid of stacks of records that could be stored digitally, and I think health information that could be shared with physicians showing daily and even hourly changes might be helpful to health care providers.
Matthew Harlow
I recommend this book to all gadget junkies, closet techies and organization adicts.

As I ran today listening to Total Recall on my smartphone with internet access, a camera, my planner and live links to facebook, twitter and linkedin, I ralized how close we already are to that technology.

If you want to stay anywhere near the cutting edge of technology or business or even life. This book is a must read.
Ali Maggs
A really interesting book filled with life-changing ideas, many of which I'm going to take on board. A shame there wasn't more examples from the project itself, as a lot of the examples felt a little like theory at times, but still really interesting and looking forward to seeing how the project that the book is based on emerges in real life products.
Luke Burrage
Kinda full review on my podcast, SFBRP #135.

I only read about 60% of this book, then skimmed it through to the end. Not what I was expecting at all. The ideas are fascinating, but the book is wishy washy futurism rather than anything meaningful to my life, nor is it as much as an exploration of Gordon Bell's life changing experiences.
I was expecting more a more technical book. This book seems to be geared towards people who are not very familiar with technology. Granted, the appendix did have some technical information, but it would have been better had it been indexed to sections of the main text. In summary, I don't think that this book should have been 300 pages.
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