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Taping the habits of a lifetime (29 Sep 2005)
In theory, you could leave your entire life in the custody of Mr Google, or on your hard disk, indexed by date and subject for easy recall. At the moment, Google searches emails in a confidential way in order to pitch relevant adverts to you. It hasn't got around to searching audio - yet. What would you do with all this data? It would be very useful for recollecting memorable moments. But if you wanted to retrace the whole of the first half of your life, it would take the second half to do it and, mostly, you would merely be listening to breathing and footsteps, as I found to my cost.
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