Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 215. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2020-08-07 06:32:44+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: about you and where you have been From Khalid Warsame, "This Vast Conspiracy of Memory", Meanjin (https://meanjin.com.au/essays/this-vast-conspiracy-of-memory/): > Google has this handy and terrifying feature called Timeline, which > shows you everywhere you’ve ever been, how many times you’ve been > there, and how long you’ve been there each time. It collects data > from your phone, constantly if you have an Android, and if you have > an iPhone, it logs your location every time you open the Google Maps > app. Nothing disappears: your every movement is a collection of data > points, fed into algorithms that use this information to do > everything from alert you to traffic jams in your area to notify you > when you’re running low on nappies for your newborn. ... > But here is what I know: there are some things that I remember and > some things that I do not, and time as I experience it is not the > same as time as it happened: I’ve shed far too many cells and > memories and gained nothing in return for it except for some fading > memories. Perhaps that’s what is so obscene to me about the idea of > an app or website telling me things about myself that I know to be > true. Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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