Re: NEWS: Virtual Immortality

Tony Hollick (
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>From today's Edupage newsletter:
>>Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University envision a huge multimedia
>>database that could store minute-by-minute details of your waking life, all
>>packed on a hard disk the size of a quarter. "Your
>>great-great-grandchildren will be able to ask your database about your life
>>and times," says Dr. Raj Reddy, dean of the School of Computer Science. As
>>hard-drive prices plummet, "storing all your visual experiences during your
>>5,840 waking hours per year, including all your creative expressions, will
>>soon cost less than $1,000," predicts the director of CMU's new Human
>>Computer Interaction Institute, who predicts that in about 15 years, storage
>>costs will fall to about $50 for 100 years of life. Meanwhile, making
>>computers think more like people is the goal of the new Center for the
>>Neural Basis of Cognition: "Every man, woman and child will soon be using
>>information technology as an integral part of their daily lives," says
>>Reddy. "So we're spending intellectual capital to understand how to make IT
>>like driving a car. Most people drive, yet they don't care much about how
>>the engine works. Whereas 90 years ago, you had to be your own mechanic."
>>(Business Week 23 Jun 97)
>FYI, the cover story on this edition of Business Week is called "The
>Digital Frontier," and features interviews with many other "cutting edge"
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