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Know and Remember Everything, Always and Instantly

Kyle Munkittrick
By Kyle Munkittrick
Science Not Fiction

Posted: May 8, 2011

Imagine you know everything on Wikipedia, in the Oxford English Dictionary, and the contents of every book in digital form. When someone asks you what you did 20 years ago, on demand you recall with perfect accuracy every sensation and thought from that moment.

Sifting and parsing all of this information is effortless and unconscious. Any fact, instant of time, skill, technique, or data point that you’ve experienced or can access on the internet is in your mind.

Cybernetic brains might make that possible. As computing power and storage continue to plod along their 18-month doubling cycle, there is no reason to believe we won’t at least have cybernetic sub-brains within the coming century. We already offload a tremendous amount of information and communication to our computers and smartphones. Why not make the process more integrated?

Of course, what I’m engaging in right now is rampant speculation. But a neuro-computer interface is a possibility. More than that: cyber-brains may be necessary.


The idea of a cyber-brain is pretty simple. Our brains are all-in-one systems that store, process, organize, and collect data. A cybernetic brain would augment one, many, or all parts of that system. The processing and organization part, not to mention analysis and synthesis, would require something resembling artificial intelligence.

People would probably be wary to jack themselves into an A.I. helper brain. So, based on current trends and my rudimentary knowledge of computer progress, my guess is that cybernetic collection, storage, and retrieval of information will be the easiest pieces to integrate into our biological brains: a neural external hard drive. We’ve externalized the storage process for ages—the written word, anyone? But what if we could internalize it again?

That’s what cyber-brains could allow. Ever since we started writing things down, we’ve been trying to make it faster and easier to write, to read what others write, and to remember what we read. A cyber-brain takes the externalization potential of computers (massive amounts of stable and inexpensive data storage with rapid and accurate recall) and removes the lag time.

Instead of sitting at your computer or pulling out your phone, opening the file, and taking in the contents, the information is already in your cyber-sub-brain. Anything you store on your cyber-brain, from a song to a novel to the contents of Wikipedia, would be as easily and rapidly accessible as your most vivid memories currently are…


Kyle Munkittrick, IEET Program Director: Envisioning the Future, is a recent graduate of New York University, where he received his Master's in bioethics and critical theory.
Nicole Sallak Anderson is a Computer Science graduate from Purdue University. She developed encryption and network security software, which inspired the eHuman Trilogy—both eHuman Dawn and eHuman Deception are available at Amazon, the third installment is expected in early 2016. She is a member of the advisory board for the Lifeboat Foundation and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
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Cyber brains are not a long way away.

They are here right here, right now.


It really comes down to referencing and meta-data.

You do not want to “remember” everything all at once, that would drive you insane.

Rather, what you really want is the ability to quickly access pertinent information.

Hello Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha.

A comprehensive system of meta data and meta tags allows someone to quickly access those portions of the collective knowledge database they need.

And then it comes down more or less to which databases you decide to connect to, and how good your implants are at sorting through the metadata.

If we are to build a global mind, we also need a global subconscious.

That’s where AI comes in. AI can potentially serve as the subconscious filter for the exocortex.

@iPan this time I’m with you (connecting even smile ). This is how the global consciousness will emerge, and autonomy and connection will become fully aligned.

In the mean time, let’s have some fun managing the contradictions!

Gimme! I’ve digitised a large part of my life already (old pictures, papers, what not. No, I’m not a life blogger). Having direct, quickly &  smartly sorted input into my brain instead of the clumsy hard- and software of today would be wonderful.

Of course there is a big difference between having stuff directly available for your brain to access it and a direct understanding of the data.
The first is much easier than the latter I suspect.
Access is (relative) easy, understanding is harder.

How can I keep getting a satisfactory grade in my bible course? I got an A on my introductory lesson. And want to keep up with that A. I really like some tips on ways to continue to get my A in this whole course

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