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dc.contributor.advisorWard, David
dc.contributor.authorDance, Mark
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-26T15:39:55Z
dc.date.available2014-03-26T15:39:55Z
dc.date.issued2013-11-26
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/8609
dc.description.abstractIt is the claim of Microsoft researchers Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell that human memory can be augmented with a variety of computational technologies. Ultimately, they argue that a kind of ‘Total Recall’ can be accomplished, whereby every bit of experience can be stored, structured and retrieved at will, overcoming the natural limitations of the brain and completing a project of retention and self-knowledge with which human beings have been engaged since the invention of writing. Chapter one of this dissertation taps into Charles Taylor's intellectual history to show that there is a rationalist enlightenment epistemology being technologically instantiated in Bell and Gemmell's Total Recall technologies. It then goes on to show that typical biological memory might have interpretational dimensions that are left out of this rationalist formulation; a hermeneutical theory or remembering is elaborated. Chapter two then shows how technologically instantiated epistemologies can restructure cognition and change our relationship to our world and ourselves; the rationalist epistemology instantiated in Total Recall might restructure cognition in particular (potentially problematic) ways. Personal, political and ethical dimensions of this restructuring are highlighted.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen_US
dc.subjectmemoryen_US
dc.subjectTotal Recallen_US
dc.subjecttechnologyen_US
dc.subjectCharles Tayloren_US
dc.subjectaugmentationen_US
dc.subjectMarshall McLuhanen_US
dc.subjecthermeneuticsen_US
dc.subjectcontact theoryen_US
dc.subjectGordon Bellen_US
dc.subjectJim Gemmellen_US
dc.subjectcognitive technologyen_US
dc.subjectbackground understandingen_US
dc.subjectidentityen_US
dc.subjectenlightenment epistemologyen_US
dc.titleBy Heart or by Hard Drive: Augmenting, Transforming and Remembering in Total Recallen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.type.qualificationlevelMastersen_US
dc.type.qualificationnameMSc Master of Scienceen_US
dcterms.accessRightsRestricted Accessen_US


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