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Gene Tracy

Chancellor Professor of Physics, William & Mary

Gene Tracy is Chancellor Professor of Physics at William & Mary in Virginia. He blogs about science and culture at The Icarus Question.

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How much can we afford to forget, if we train machines to remember?

Gene Tracy

Thank you for the thoughtful posts, all. I’m not sure where to begin.

This is a wonderful sampling of ideas, Vivek, and shows that I only touched the surface of a very rich topic in my essay: how technology affects our memory, leading to shifts in both personal and cultural identity. I’m glad you found the essay provocative in this way. Lot’s more to think about, I agree.

I’d also like to return to the point Sally put her finger on in her comment, which is one I was aiming for in the essay: What’s new is not only how rapidly this technology has spread, and the nature of it as a form of ubiquitous and now easily-accessed memory, but also how this new technology could ‘fool’ u...

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