Author and Professor of Public Policy Viktor Mayer-Schönberger believes that digital memory is a little too perfect. Every word you post on the web, every picture, every video, tweet, and email is set in stone, archived, permanently findable. Like the proverbial elephant, the digital world doesn’t forget.
There are incredible benefits to this. And there might be consequences as well, ranging from invasion of privacy, to the impairment of human memory.
David Weinberger spoke with Viktor about some of these consequences, and how we might help our machines learn to forget.
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