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Total Recall: How The E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything

What would happen if we could instantly access everything we were exposed to throughout our lives?

In 1998, pioneering computer scientist Gordon Bell and his colleague at Microsoft Jim Gemmell began an experiment to record Bell’s entire life digitally. They created a database of everything Bell did, saw, read, ate, felt—his whole life experience. Fascination with this amazing undertaking has been ongoing, but until now the full implications of what is really possible have not been revealed.

And what is one of the most fundamental devices to get started?

A scanner.

Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell’s preferred choice?

The Fujitsu ScanSnap desktop scanner:

From the book:

You need a scanner that can digitize anything you have on paper: memos, letters, health records, pictures, slides, business cards, and so forth. Scanners that handle multiple sizes and types of paper are worth the extra expense. Scanners should allow you to digitize one piece of paper or a stack of papers, simultaneously scanning both sides.

I use the Fujitsu ScanSnap desktop scanner. It’s nice and small, and I find it so handy that I have one at work and another at home. It lets me stack in pages and scans both sides at once directly into Adobe’s PDF format.

Bell’s experiment is only a foretaste of an incredible new era in which memory will go far beyond the human senses and everything can be remembered. You will have “total recall.”

Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell’s new book Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything, available Sept 17, outlines the coming transformation that will affect virtually every aspect of our lives: our health, the way we work, the way we learn, the way we remember, and the way our ancestors remember us.  With the proper gadgets, anyone can take simple steps to “lifelog” and create a private, personal database now.

*To learn more about Total Recall, read about it on BusinessWeek or visit:

Carrie Swetonic, Dutton Books