Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ted Chiang's "The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling" (novelette, auxiliary memory, free): On the fallibility of human memory

Just how reliable is our memory? How much of it is fabricated to make us feel good about ourselves? These & implications of confronting the documentation that contradicts our feel-good memories are the topic of this beautiful story.

It looks at two documentation technologies - written word because we understand it well, & "Remem", an imaginary video search engine of the lifelogs created by the equivalents of Google Glass. In two different settings - European colonization of imaginary(?) Tivland, & a modern man reacting to Remem.

Fact sheet.

First published: Subterranean, Fall 2013.
Download full text from publisher's site.
Rating: A.
Added to my "best of 2013" list.
Related: Stories of Ted Chiang.