Friday, April 01, 2005

Eyepiece Fatigue

I often feel like I'm living my most important moments through the eyepiece of a video camera. With what I've said below, I' may be able to live them again, free from the eyepiece or video display.

We Won't Notice the Rise of the Machines

I think that the idea of mapping characters out of video and the
other idea of creating AI constructs from videos of people will really
happen someday. Remember in Bruce Sterling's "Bicycle Repairman", that
the senator's mook (receptionist/valet software) had basically begun to
think it WAS the senator. The mook had originated as a diary. It had
appropriated the speech patterns of the senator, and many of his
opinions too.
It seems to me that this is just an extension of the same type of
software that recommends books and music to you at Amazon. Instead of
book purchases though, this software would catalog a person's word and
phrase usage, their facial expressions and the events giving rise to
them, and so on.

Monday, March 28, 2005

My Second Life

The Brain Archive
One thing I have been thinking about lately is all the video and
photographs I have. Mostly it is video and photos of my kids growing up.
Their events, birthdays, performances, games and so on. I think that in
the future, I will be able to take their digital images and incorporate
them into a permanent part of my own memory. I would be able to review
the images and sound in my own head. To that end, I will attempt to
maintain a cache of files that I want to be a part of my permanent
memory. Of course, initially the memory will be a disk or disk drive of
some sort. Maybe just a large hard drive. Eventually these files wil be
accessible directly to my mind. Another thought that came about was the
series-on-DVD phenomena. Jack and Pat both say how great "The Next
Generation" was. I have never watched much of it. But if I got the DVD
collection of the series, I could save it - perhaps forever - and view
it "eventually".

It would be a nice thing to have if one of my loved ones passes away.
Not to be ghoulish, but those images could form the basis of AI
constructs that lived inside my skull. Everything they have ever said
could be catalogued by age, and a library of responses, simulated
thoughts and opinions could be built.

The environments within the
photos and videos could be transformed into virtual realities I could
daydream in. Daydreaming would be incredibly real.

I would like to use future nano brain tools to help me recall some of
the distant hazy memories of my past, and perhaps re-live some of the
better ones :)

I could digitize my favorite books, such as Linda Nagata's books, "The
Bohr Maker", and "Vast". If I wanted to, I could begin to assemble a
visual storyboard around the text, or even a virtual world. All inside
my augmented brain.

In time, I might be able to share these new "augmented" memories with
other people, and experience their memories/stories/worlds.

Look at the movie "Minority Report" with Tom Cruise. In it, he replays some old
videotapes. They have a synthesized 3-D look to them, as they were
apparently mapped onto topographic data gleaned from edge-recognition

My own digital memories could likewise be enhanced.