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Memory Loss

can you always trust 1100g of meat?


Principle of my Scenarii page

Be prepared ahead of time, especially for problems so important that your judgment might be impaired then. [...]

Scenario #3 Radical memory loss from a trauma


Fragile yet required

  • the more I learn about memory the less I trust it
    • yet a required affordance to
      • learn
      • interact socially
  • unreliable medium in "normal" circumstances
...but what during "special" catastrophic events? (emotional trauma, physiological trauma, strokes, ...)

Principle and requirements

Principle : Provide a fail safe thanks to alternative means

Requirements :

  1. reliable
  2. stays up to date
  3. no pre-requisite memory
  4. privacy

See Appendix A : Some requirements meet, naively

Difficulties and what could be done

  • the ideal sequence in the form of a step by step trail amongst content I already wrote
    • possibly using 1 single entry point but leading to multiple sequences based on several scenarii
      • using questions to select such points
  • requiring to trust the sequence
    • so far relying on coherence
  • gather better medical inform to work on sequences by chances of problem
    • is there a point working on a very complex form of memory loss in which you have an extremely low change of being hit with?

In the end, is it worth it?

  • interesting
    • how does the brain work, how can you externalize to improve reliance, what is your "past", "what" are "you"?
  • challenging
    • complex requirements with new means appearing constantly
  • relaxing
    • bring it on stroke!

Appendix A

Some requirements meet, naively

  1. reliable
    1. how to insure hardware, software, ... and all elements will be working then?
      1. checked daily, remote backups
  2. stays up to date
    1. the smaller the difference, the easier to integrate back your "life as it was", so how to make it easy to daily change it?
      1. wiki form
        1. includes data from other wikis fetch locally and linked back
  3. no pre-requisite memory
    1. even... of language! (curse of knowledge) how can you know what you won't know then?
      1. nothing to do, open the laptop, boot, entry page displayed
      2. spread knowledge about its existence
        1. socially distributed through trusted acquittance
        2. somehow... including you now!
    2. learn about specific memory problems and how they affect different type of memory (temporal, spatial, linguistic, etc)
  4. privacy
    1. so far not including data that would seriously induce risk to myself and acquittance
    2. if some data are personal in it, who should have access to it?

Appendix B

See also (published after the presentation)