When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our by Abby Smith Rumsey

By Abby Smith Rumsey

Our reminiscence offers the human species a different evolutionary virtue. Our tales, rules, and innovations--in a observe, our "culture"--can be recorded and handed directly to destiny generations. Our enduring tradition and stressed interest have enabled us to invent robust details applied sciences that provide us beneficial point of view on our previous and outline our destiny. at the present time, we stand on the very fringe of an enormous, uncharted electronic panorama, the place our collective reminiscence is saved in ephemeral bits and bytes and lives in air-conditioned server rooms. What resources will historians flip to in a hundred, not to mention 1,000 years to appreciate our personal time if all of our reminiscence lives in electronic codes which may not be decipherable?

In When we're not more Abby Smith Rumsey explores human reminiscence from pre-history to the current to make clear the grand problem dealing with our world--the abundance of knowledge and shortage of human awareness. Tracing the tale from cuneiform capsules and papyrus scrolls, to movable kind, books, and the beginning of the Library of Congress, Rumsey weaves a compelling narrative that explores how people have handled the matter of an excessive amount of details all through our heritage, and certainly how we'd start clear up an analogous challenge for our electronic destiny. Serving as a choice to attention, When we're No More explains why information garage isn't really reminiscence; why forgetting is step one in the direction of remembering; and peculiarly, why reminiscence is set the longer term, no longer the past.

"If we are pondering 1,000 years, 3,000 years forward sooner or later, we need to ask ourselves, how can we protect the entire bits that we'd like that allows you to adequately interpret the electronic gadgets we create? we're nonchalantly throwing all of our info into what may turn into a knowledge black gap with no understanding it." --Vint Cerf, leader Evangelist at Google, at a press convention in February, 2015.

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