July 17th is World No Photo Day, My Life Bits is the Devil

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According to the BBC, July 17, 2006 is World No Photo Day:

Ms Bland got the idea for the day after reading various works about far-eastern Zen Buddhism.

She explained that she believes that in taking a photograph, people are trying to take possession of a place – but that photographs cannot give an “essence” of that particular place.

I guess I can buy that … for one day. I thought this was a pretty interesting side note:

He (David Rowan of Trendsurfing in the London Times) added that while he thought it right to question the “culture of ubiquitous cameras,” it is simply the way that technological developments have led to.

He pointed out that Microsoft is currently developing a project called My Life Bits, based on the idea of infinite storage space. By wearing goggles with a camera and microphone attached, the wearer can record and document everything they see and hear.

My Life Bits?? Oh, that will be a fun world when folks don Microsoft SenseCam rigs and simulcast every instant of their lives… (quail in terror before Microsoft and the Bitlife)

In 1945, Vannevar Bush wrote an article called “As We May Think,” in which he posited Memex: “a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility.” Memex was to have virtually unlimited memory. It would support annotations and what we would now call hyperlinks.

I have to say that this picture would have been so much better … gotta respect copyright every so often I guess.


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