If you haven’t watched it, I encourage you to take a look at Amber Case’s 2010 TED Talk: “We Are All Cyborgs Now.” Part “cyborg anthropologist” and part “digital philospher, ” Amber thinks and writes about how our values and culture are being shaped by living lives increasingly mediated by high technology.
I was struck in this talk about how our increasing use of “the cloud” on the one hand allows us to radically expand the amount and nature of information we can ”remember” in our lives, while on the other hand making us more dependent on both the service and the promise of recall. Looking at it from the standpoint of a service outage, what does it mean if we lose one of those services, or the data contained within them? What would it mean to lose your mind, in a digital fashion?
A lot to think about here, and not just from the perspective of the individual.