Making History: Intentional Capture of Future Memories

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ACM
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'09), 2009, pp. 1723 - 1732
Issue Date:
2009-01
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'Lifelogging' technology makes it possible to amass digital data about every aspect of our everyday lives. Instead of focusing on such technical possibilities, here we investigate the way people compose long-term mnemonic representations of their lives. We asked 10 families to create a time capsule, a collection of objects used to trigger remembering in the distant future. Our results show that contrary to the lifelogging view, people are less interested in exhaustively digitally recording their past than in reconstructing it from carefully selected cues that are often physical objects. Time capsules were highly expressive and personal, many objects were made explicitly for inclusion, however with little object annotation. We use these findings to propose principles for designing technology that supports the active reconstruction of our future past.
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