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March 30, 2004

Rewind to Yesterday

It sounds like something out of a Charlie Kaufman movie (which I still haven't seen). From Microsoft Research's Cambridge Laboratory comes SenseCam, which allows a wearer to document the day using "a badge-sized wearable camera that captures up to 2000 VGA images per day into 128Mbyte FLASH memory."

According to an article in The Feature, the technology could be used to help people remember where they left their eyeglasses or to remember a particularly enjoyable bottle of wine from a party several days earlier. Of course, this technology raises all sorts of ethical and legal questions, as Sunil Vemuri suggests:

"Computers have reached the point in which continuous, verbatim recording of an individual's life experiences is technologically feasible," Vemuri writes on his Web site. "The challenge now is turning vast repositories of such recordings into a useful resource while respecting the social, legal, and ethical ramifications of ubiquitous recording."

Via Anne at Purse Lip Square Jaw.

Posted by chuck at March 30, 2004 7:56 PM

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