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Memory, Knowledge & Technology

25 Mar

Nothing frustrates me more than when I come up with a genius idea in the shower or when I wake up about what to do in my day or about my work or anything that I want to come back to….and 3 hours later, I’ve completely forgotten.

It has become so frequent that I find that the only way I can remember something is by writing it down. If I don’t, then ill be bashing my brain all day trying to figure out what it was.

Solution? I conformed to the rest of society and bought myself an iPhone and ever since, remembering things has never been so easy! Whenever I think of something I need to buy, I write it in my notes application. I set multiple reminders throughout the day that alert me automatically. For example, I was at COFA campus the other day and parked in a 2hour parking spot. I then set a reminder to move my car when the two-hour time period was up. If it weren’t for that reminder, I would have probably racked up $130 in parking fines.

On the topic of parking, I came across this interesting article the other night about an iPhone application that even helps you remember where you parked your car!

Today, our iPhones are acting as our memory, which brings me to this week’s topic, Globalising Memory, Thinking, and Action. The readings brought me to the conclusion that in order to sustain, maintain and access our memories, we rely heavily on media technologies to archive, store and preserve our experiences and individual knowledge.

According to Bernard Stiegler, there are three types of memory.

1.     Primary memory: is the preservation, which is part of the now of a temporal experience.

2.     Secondary memory: is the storage and the recollection of past experiences

3.     Tertiary memory: is a reproduction/combination of both the primary and secondary memory.

In the reading ‘Hypomnesis and Anamnesis’ by Stiegler, he refers to the concept of Hypomnesis as a human’s extended memory. External objects such as mobile phones and GPS can be seen as an extension of the mind. For example, we use a GPS to tell us where to go and what routes to take to get to a particular destination.

Although many argue that these media technologies are in fact resulting in knowledge being lost, we cannot deny that for most individuals, these technologies aids and extends our human memory and hence forms our knowledge.


Stiegler, B. (2006). Anamnesis and Hypomnesis. – http://arsindustrialis.org/anamnesis-and-hypo