Hating to Forget But Loving Privacy
If you’ve read this blog for longer than, let’s say, a week, you know that I often write about my extreme fear of forgetting or losing things. For the last few years, I’ve found a work-around with bullet journalling. I write down everything from books I want to read to a name from high school that randomly popped into my head to things I must accomplish.
My bullet journal also contains a monthly page where I write the stuff that I know will make me anxious if I ever forget it or can’t find the information quickly. For instance, at this time last year, I was apparently very concerned that there would one day come a time when I would not remember my favourite Key and Peele sketches, so I wrote down the names of each sketch along with Google-able terms in case I wanted to find them in the future. I also listed the twins’ MAP-M and MAP-R scores because I always liked to have quick access to those numbers when they brought home the next set. And I apparently wanted to remember, forever, that I like backgammon.
Don’t judge. The system works. At the very least, it calms me down. Moderately.
Anyway, I was very intrigued by Wonder Bot, which is a bot that can remember anything you tell it and then recall that information when you need it. For instance, every time you meet someone new, you could tell it to remember some details about the person. And then years down the road when you bump into someone and can’t remember how you know them, you could ask Wonder Bot and it would spit back out the results. I love my notebooks, but they aren’t searchable. When I’m trying to remember something that I know was once written down, I have to flip back through every page. The Daily Dot calls Wonder Bot a “text-based memory bank.” Which sounds like the most amazing thing in the world.
You know, except for all the security issues.
Because right now I’m working with pen and paper. Sure, someone could steal my notebook if they really wanted to know where we went on that walking tour in London. (Clerkenwell! I always forget the name of the neighbourhood, so I wrote it down so I could remember.) But that somehow seems less likely than hackers breaking into cloud data or a computer. And while I would use Wonder Bot to remember things such as the name of the restaurant we hung out at in high school (Booeymongers!), I’m going to bet that others would use it for sensitive information.
Though it’s really really really tempting when you think about how easy it would be to send what amounts to a text message and know that information could be recalled for eternity.
What do you think of Wonder Bot? Would you use it?