Big Picture Science – Forget to Remember

by Gary Niederhoff on January 20, 2014

Big Picture Science – Forget to Remember

You must not remember this. Indeed, it may be key to having a healthy brain. Our gray matter evolved to forget things; otherwise we’d have the images of every face we saw on the subway rattling around our head all day long. Yet we’re building computers with the capacity to remember everything. Everything! And we might one day hook these devices to our brains.

Find out what’s it’s like – and whether it’s desirable – to live in a world of total recall. Plus, the quest for cognitive computers, and how to shake that catchy – but annoying – jingle that plays in your head over and over and over and …

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Ramamoorthy Ramesh – Universal memory
Part 2: Michael Anderson – Forgetting
Part 3: James McGaugh – Total recall
Part 4: Ira Hyman – Earworms
Part 5: Larry Smarr – Cognitive computing

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