How does your memory work?

An interesting article on ars technica and BBC news talks about the effect of the Internet on our memories. The essence being that instead of recording actual facts, we’re recording where we might access that information – pointers to facts if you would. I found the opening comments of the article very interesting, as it questioned what do you think of when asked which coutries have flags with only one colour? If you’re thinking of the countries now, I guess you don’t fit into the group. I did fit the pattern – I was thinking “where would I find that out?”. Is it a good or bad thing? I’d think it’s generally good. Yes, it shows how we rely on and expect certain technologies now to solve our problems – but, then, if those same things suddenly disappeared over night, we’d have bigger issues to worry about than which countries have what colour on their flags :)

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